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A 52-year-old female asked:

Is it ok to stop using oxygen? i've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago. my o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
Nephrology and Dialysis 12 years experience
Not until evaluated: By your doctor. You should be re-access under the supervision of you doctor to make sure than you don't desaturate and become hypoxic.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Must agree. There are specific criteria to justify home and portable oxygen supplementation. Similarly, there are specific assessments and criteria to justify/determine appropriate time to discontinue home and portable oxygen supplementation. This can only be determined with thorough assessment by your thoracic team, including thoracic surgeon, pulmonologist, and family medicine physician. Any patient that has required post thoracic surgery home care, should have close care monitoring and coordination between the surgical and primary care/family medicine teams.
Mar 10, 2013
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Oxygen; lung surgery: Best to ask surgeon and pulmonologist if stopping o2 is ok. They may wish to taper off. But basically they know your case well & can better determine your lung & heart status.

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