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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you have surgery if you have a cough?

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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 of the cough be found and specific treatment taken to relieve the cough prior to general anesthetics and surgery.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you have a cough and still have surgery?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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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.
Last updated Mar 6, 2020


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