It was announced on Friday that 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had quietly undergone lung surgery to have a pair of cancerous growths removed. Initial reports indicated that she had had “spots” removed. Now, we’re hearing updated reports that she actually had a lobectomy.
Fox News reported that doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City performed a pulmonary lobectomy to remove two malignant nodules that had been discovered the month before as the senior justice was treated for bruised and fractured ribs after she fell in her office on Nov. 7.
A lobectomy is a serious procedure that typically involves the removal of one of the five lobes of an individual’s lungs, usually in cases involving ailments like COPD, lung cancer or benign tumors. The procedure can be either be done in a minimally invasive manner or through a long incision on the side of the chest, depending upon the severity of the problem.
Ginsberg was reportedly “resting comfortably” afterwards.
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