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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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If I get bronchitis every few weeks, will I eventually need lung surgery?

If I get bronchitis every few weeks, will I eventually need lung surgery?

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 more

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What to do if I had lung surgery 8 months ago is it normal for my side to still be numb?

What to do if I had lung surgery 8 months ago is it normal for my side to still be numb?

Possibly: Chest surgery, either traditional or minimally invasive, requires going between the ribs. This can cause pressure on the intercostal nerves, which lie under each rib. That injury can last for months to years. Most times, it resolves quickly without any problems. ...Read more

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I just had lung surgery for removal of blebs. How long till the feeling goes back to normal?

I just had lung surgery for removal of blebs. How long till the feeling goes back to normal?

Days to weeks: It's normal to feel sore and short of breath. This will improve gradually. Ask your doctor when it's safe to exercise again. Moving and gentle stretching will help the incisional tightness feel better. As you increase your aerobic capacity, the shortness of breath will get better too. You haven't lost much lung tissue, and since you are young you will get back to normal before very long. ...Read more

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When is open lung surgery required?

When is open lung surgery required?

Work in progress!: Open surgery is required when the proper procedure cannot be performed safely and successfully by lesser means. Expertise in minimally invasive techniques is growing by the day so less open cases are required but there are still times when anatomy, exposure, or the disease process dictate an open chest approach. ...Read more

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How safe is it to box after lung surgery?

How safe is it to box after lung surgery?

Not: At baseline, boxing or pugilistic sports are not by their nature safe. That said, ability to box at baseline level of unsafe after surgery depends greatly on reason for and type of surgery. You should discuss return to activities and expectations with your surgeon. ...Read more

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For how long does recovery take from lung surgery?

For how long does recovery take from lung surgery?

Depends: A lot depends on the procedure done, the approach used, the immediate post op care, and the patients condition going into the procedure. In general, open procedures take 6-8 weeks to recover, and minimally invasive procedures 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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When after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

When after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

Depends: Lung surgery is done for a variety of conditions, including cancer. The specific type of problem needs to be described before knowing what the procedure is, and what to expect from the results. Generally speaking, you wait for the pathology results to see how things went. ...Read more

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How quickly after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

How quickly after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

Cancer surgery?: It will take days to a week to get the pathology report and even if the specimen suggests "they got it all", it may be years before it can be said it was successful. ...Read more

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Tell me about lvrs lung surgery for copd?

Tell me about lvrs lung surgery for copd?

LVRS: Lung volume reduction surgery is the removal of the least compliant and least functioning part of the lung surgically to allow the more normal lung that was compressed to expand. This would have the same theory as that of bullectomy in bullous emphysema. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more