I just had my 4th CT Scan and the results showed my 2 cavitary lesions unchanged from the last scan 4 months ago. I am now free of NTM disease and have been for a year. I feel good. No coughing at all and I’ll be stopping meds in 9 days. I do not suffer from shortness of breath and feel perfectly normal (except side effects from meds). I sent the CT Scan report to my doctor at NJH and she wants me to meet with CT Surgeon during my next visit with her (May 1). I think she might be thinking of surgery to remove one of the lesions. I’ve read a lot of articles and it seems that surgery is indicated when NTM medical therapy has failed which is not my case at all. Medication was very successful and my sputums were negative almost immediately. I have discussed this with my local pulmonary doc in the past and he feels surgery would be too drastic just to possibly prevent another infection.
My question is has anyone heard of removing part of a lung that has a cavitary lesion to prevent another infection when the patient was otherwise healthy?