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What are the risk for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd) patient having a radical nephrectomy?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
Depends: COPD exists with varying severity, and most patients can have surgery with no significant increased risk. If COPD is very severe, or there is significant chronic sputum production, surgical risk is higher, but experienced teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and respiratory therapists can help mitigate the risk. One important thing you have control over is pre-op smoking cessation.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest to give to a patient who has a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease copd?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Treatment...: Treatment of COPD usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers as well as supplemental oxygen, if the oxygen level in the blood is low. Smoking cessation is a necessary part of treatment. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. There is no cure!
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease.

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