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Can I still have esophageal surgery even though I have a mild case of bronchitis?

Can I still have esophageal surgery even though I have a mild case of bronchitis?

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 more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (airways that carry air from the trachea to the more distal parts of the lungs, or bronchioles). Bronchitis may be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic. The latter is usually associated with smoking and may be part of COPD. Both acute and chronic bronchitis can lead to other serious conditions, including pneumonia with ...Read more


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How long does it usually take to recover after esophageal surgery?

How long does it usually take to recover after esophageal surgery?

It varies per person: Esophageal surgery, specifically esophagectomy is "varsity" level or big surgery. Often it may take 6 months to a year for someone to forget that they had surgery. ...Read more

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Will a peg tube help my 64 yr old mother gain weight? Had esophageal surgery and lost 90lbs since jan. Says she has no appetite. 140lbs now

Will a peg tube help my 64 yr old mother gain weight? Had esophageal surgery and lost 90lbs since jan.  Says she has no appetite. 140lbs now

Stabilize, then gai: With esophageal surgery, it is probably hard for you mother to eat, or eat sufficient amounts, to maintain weight. Not to mention that esophageal cancer takes a toll on the body as well. The purpose of the PEG feeding tube is to get food & medicine to the stomach so as to stabilize your mother's condition. Once her weight has stabilized, then you can take steps to try to gain weight. ...Read more

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What kind of anesthesia is used for a patient undergoing esophageal surgery?

General Anesthesia: Any surgery on the esophagus is done with some form of general anesthesia. This may be supplemented by the use of a thoracic epidural to assist you with postoperative pain control. Your anesthesiologist will be available to answer any specific questions before your surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I still have lung surgery if my bronchitis is flaring up?

Can I still have lung surgery if my bronchitis is flaring up?

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 more

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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. ?

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 more

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Do i need middle ear surgery? About a year ago i caught a cold that developed into bronchitis. During this time, i had a build-up of fluid behind my right eardrum. Even after i recovered from the bronchitis, i still felt something behind my eardrum and it

Do i need middle ear surgery? About a year ago i caught a cold that developed into bronchitis. During this time, i had a build-up of fluid behind my right eardrum. Even after i recovered from the bronchitis, i still felt something behind my eardrum and it

If : If you are cleaning blood out of your ear, it is likely to be from the external auditory canal (unless you had a perforated eart drum). I hope that you are not putting objects in your ear canal. This could lead to infection and/ or injury. You could have intermittent fluid buildup in your middle ear which could be impacting your hearing. If you are strongly concerned that your doctor is incorrect, you could request a consult to see an otolaryngologist. Take care. ...Read more

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Can coughing harshly cut my esophagus? I just got over a very bad case of bronchitis. It was so bad that coughing was almost constant and unstoppable. I have been coughing a lot still, even though I have gotten past the worst part of the sickness. I was w

Can coughing harshly cut my esophagus? I just got over a very bad case of bronchitis. It was so bad that coughing was almost constant and unstoppable. I have been coughing a lot still, even though I have gotten past the worst part of the sickness. I was w

It : It would be very rare for a severe cough to cause damage to the esophagus. Severe coughing can cause chest pain and great discomfort for patient's however. If a patient with bronchitis has worsening phlegm, fever, shortness of breath, or chest pain then they should notify their physician. A warm steamy bathroom, humidifier, and over the counter cough syrup may help. Ask your pharmacist for advice on cough syrup. Taking advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) may help chest discomfort as well. ...Read more

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Small esophageal varices mild esophagitis at gej portal hypertension..If surgery cannot b done what is the treatment?

Small esophageal varices mild esophagitis at gej portal hypertension..If surgery cannot b done what is the treatment?

Portal hypertension: This is most commonly due to cirrhosis of the liver and must be dealt with by a hepatologist, gastroenterologist or general surgeon familiar with the area of practice. Knowing the etiology of this would also be helpful. The esohagitis at the gej may be due to reflux. ...Read more

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If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. That being said 15-20% have complete eradication of tumor after chemoradiation. ...Read more

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Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more