A 34-year-old female asked:
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i have had a cough for about a week. i'm scheduled for surgery next thursday. will the cough interfere with my anesthesia?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
It could: Depends on the type of surgery, how urgent it is, and how sick you are next week. You'll want to let the surgeon or anesthesiologist (if you've met that person) know next week beforehand.
Answered on Sep 1, 2020
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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
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Surgery on the thumb will most likely be done with local anesthetic or, at most, a regional block. Since they won't have to put you to sleep, your cough should be of little concern (no extra risk) as long as you're otherwise feeling up to having the surgery done. Best of luck.
Apr 10, 2015
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Yes it will : interfere with anesthesia. Anesthesia will make worse and any cough will interfere with the surgery which is what the anesthesia is supposed to prevent
Answered on Apr 10, 2015
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