A 39-year-old member asked:
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can you have a cough and still have surgery?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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 surgery takes 5minutes for both ears and can be done with IV sedation. But an open heart surgery requires general anesthesia and hours of surgery. If the cough is productive, associated with a fever, in a smoker/copd pt, then anesthesia will cancel.
Answered on Feb 11, 2020
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