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Can you have surgery with a cough

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Depends: An anesthesiologist will determine if a person's lung status is good enough for them to undergo anesthesia for surgery. It's preferred that the cause... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Cough and surgery: Hello, it depends on the cough itself and the surgery you are scheduled for. For example, if you are scheduled for tube placement in your ears, this s... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Not Good.: Very likely that your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia. Your anesthesiologist will be able to keep you “still”; generally speakin... Read More
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
You won't: You won't cough because you'll be under anesthesia.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Probably: If you are no longer febrile, do not have a significant productive cough or wheezing, and you have completed a course of treatment, it is probably oka... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Upper respiratory tract infections can predispose a kid undergoing an inhalation anesthesia to develop complications including pneumonia. You should i... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 27 years experience
Exam: You need to be examined and have a full physical as this has hung on too long. Your doctor will listen to your lungs, possibly get a chest x-ray and b... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 years experience
Flu after surgery: Recovery from surgery is a time of vulnerability, and catching the flu or a cold is not uncommon. Check in with your surgery team. They may consider a... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 20 years experience
Hernia: You may have developed an incisional hernia -- you should see your surgeon to have it evaluated.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Call your doctor: Call your surgeon and explain what's going on. If you have fever or are coughing up secretions, it might be best to delay surgery. But if this is just... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Do not hide: Hiding any symptom from anesthesia is dangerous. Anesthesia itself has risks and the anesthesiologist needs to know about any and all symptoms you are... Read More