Can You Live with One Lung?

Submitted by Dr. Lynne Skaryak on July 08, 2019

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In short, yes

How you live your life determines if you're able to live with one lung. Typically, if you pass the pulmonary function test (PFT), you can live with one lung.

Some factors to consider

  • Do you generally lead a healthy lifestyle?
  • Are you active?
  • Are you able to go up and down a couple flights of stairs?
  • Have you had any lung conditions such as severe emphysema?

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Dr. Lynne A. Skaryak is a board-certified thoracic and general surgeon with Chesapeake Surgical Specialists. Dr. Skaryak is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. She has been involved in many multi-disciplinary thoracic oncology clinics and tumor boards for the most up-to-date patient care. Her areas of expertise include malignancies of the lung, esophagus and chest wall. She is experienced in minimally invasive pulmonary and esophageal surgery, endoscopic laser therapy and stent insertion, percutaneous tracheostomy, stereotactic radiosurgery and chest wall resections.