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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had lung surgery just over 4 months ago on my right side and my left side had collapsed 3 times but not for over 3 years is it safe to fly toamerica?
Discuss: Most important is to discuss with your surgeon first. In general, depending on why you had surgery, what surgery was performed, and if you had postop complications; most patients can travel by plane by 6 weeks after surgery. Your most recent postop chest x-ray will be critical in decision. ...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
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