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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
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
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
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
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
Not a competition: Open chest and lung surgeries were first done by dr. Evarts graham in the mid 1930's. Open heart surgeries were first done in the mid 1950's with dr. John kirklin leading the U.S. Teams, building on principals developed with lung surgery. They are both challenging, helpful, durable and save lives, especially if you need one of these procedures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not normal: While this may not represent a major problem, it would not be considered "normal". A follow up with the thoracic surgeon would be advised. Surgical staples used to remove part of a lung could migrate and be coughed up, but evaluation by the surgeon would be best to make sure this doesn't represent a more serious problem. ...Read more
I got lung surgery a couple years ago and i want to make sure my lungs stay strong. Are there vitamins i can take?
Pulmonary evaluation: Have you had a pulmonary evaluation to check your present lung function. ...Read more
Close: Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen. ...Read more
Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lymph nodes are uninvolved, can be treated sequentially and followed with chemotherapy. The survival is 35-30 or so percent. If the adrenal gland metastasis shows up later, rather than at initial diagnosis, surgery and chemo can yield 45% 5 yr. Survival. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why didn't mt. Surgeon mention that there was 4 nodules found on my liver before lung surgery for a carcinoid tumour?
May be related: Depending on the findings associated with the primary tumor, resection of a primary carcinoid is reasonable even in the setting of disease in the liver. Disease in the liver can become a problem and therefore clarification of what the lesions represent and how to watch them over time should be discussed with the md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Subsequent to a lung surgery 5 weeks ago, and a pnuemonia 3 weeks ago, my husband has a fever 99.2 and high pulse 104.?
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