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Are There Surgical Cures For Bronchitis
Not really: Usually bronchitis is self limited (meaning that it will get better with time). Surgical intervention is only done if there is a part of the lung that is diseased or has scarring of the airways (known as bronchiectasis). Today we do less surgery for this reason than we used to. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). It may be infectious and require antibiotics, or steroid like meds to help treat it. (it can be acute ...Read more
If I have acute bronchitis and I'm a college student, can I still go to class? My fever and aches are under control and I do not feel any fatigue. I also wear a surgical mask when I'm in class.
Can I have surgery in 3 days if my bronchitis has been treated and my cough is mild. I do not have psnemonia and otherwise feel pretty good. ?
Most likely: It depends on the type of surgery and anesthesia required and if your lungs sound clear now. You say you feel well so that's a good sign that it should be alright. Keep taking your inhalers as prescribed and call the surgery center or your doctor with any worsening symptoms. Good luck. Oh, stop smoking if you do. :). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe...: It depends on your symptoms and oxygen level on the day of the elective procedure. The surgeon and anesthesiologist will make the decision on the day of your surgery but if it is delayed, they have your best interests in mind. You don't want to take any unnecessary risks! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Having some discomfort (where gallbladder was) 7 wks after lap gallbladder surgery. Have bronchitis-could excess coughing be causing this discomfort?
No: Lung volume reduction is only indicated in emphysema; not chronic bronchitis. The surgery has specific criteria based on lung function (fev1 > 20%) and that the patient has impaired exercise tolerance. Also the disease has to be affecting mainly the upper lobes of the lung rather than evenly throughout the lungs. Fatigue from bronchitis is usually due to recurrent infection/cough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: In general surgery should be postponed until you have been afebrile for 48-72 hours and are on the road to recovery. Lung surgery should not be done while a patient is ill with acute bronchitis or flares of chronic bronchitis due to an increased risk of postoperative complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No you will not. There are patients that are susceptible to recurrent bronchitis for a number of reasons (ie active smokers, patients with structural lung disease like bronchiectasis, patients with immunodeficiencies). It is best to see a lung specialist (pulmonologist) if you are having recurrent bronchitis to make sure there is nothing else going on. Surgery is unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Lung volume reduction surgery or lvrs is for patients with chronic emphysema, and not chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways. Emphysema is loss of the elasticity of the lung tissue, and ballooning or air trapping of the lung tissue. Lvrs has proven (national emphysema treatment trial) to be beneficial and life saving in patients with poor exercise capacity, and emphysema in the upper parts of the lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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