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What is the quality of life of patients who have one lung removed?

What is the quality of life of patients who have one lung removed?

It depends: It depends on the patient's preoperative lung function that is measured by pulmonary function tests (pft) and ventilation/perfusions scans. Based on the tests drs can predict postoperative function. If below a certain number, then there may be risk of complications and poor quality of life. Talk to a boarded thoracic surgeon before having a pneumonectomy (whole lung removed). ...Read more

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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


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What is the quality of life like after a double lung transplant?

What is the quality of life like after a double lung transplant?

Improved for most: For most patients, quality of life improves substantially, and patients resume activities that they enjoy. There are many precautions such as avoiding open soil, medication monitoring and frequent visits to your physician, as they monitor for infections and signs of rejection. ...Read more

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Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Does lung transplant improve quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis?

Yes: Improvement in quality of life after double lung transplant can be dramatic. Most patients come off of oxygen and have much better quality of life by 6 months after transplant. The improvement after lung transplant can last a long time (years). ...Read more

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How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing my mom's quality of life.

How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing  my mom's quality of life.

Oncologist: I am very sorry that your mom is terribly ill. I hope she can recover from the side effects and have a better quality of life soon. The prognosis for stage IV lung cancer is poor. However, several factors are involved on a particular patient response to a given chemotherapy agent. Your oncologist can tell you the numbers for the protocol she is on. Work on her nutritionandenjoy your times together. ...Read more

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My father has 49% lung function due to congestive heart failure. He is 72 and diabetic. What can be predicted about his quality of life and care need?

My father has 49% lung function due to congestive heart failure. He is 72 and diabetic. What can be predicted about his quality of life  and care need?

Ok if self control: Needs to control fluid intake within 1500 ml = 50 ounces total per 24 hours including all types of fluids even those included in food moisture e.g. Stew. Also, salt restriction under 2000 mg salt per day. Salt rich food include bread & rolls, cured & processed meat, pizza, pickles, chips, fast food. If did that and took his meds, will do fine. Daily weights are big, call doc if off 6 lbs either way. ...Read more

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Please advise what is that one needle-like-tool that doctors poke into patients chest/lungs to keep them breathing?

Please advise what is that one needle-like-tool that doctors poke into patients chest/lungs to keep them breathing?

Pneumothorax: Needle decompression is useful in situations such as trauma that lead to air filling the cavity around the lung. If the pressure of surrounding air exceeds the pressure in the lung, then lung collapse occurs. The outside pressure is released by the needle insertion allowing the lungs to expand. ...Read more

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If a surgeon removed a lung carcinoid and patient had liver mets, would he continue with op or just sew the person up?

If a surgeon removed a lung carcinoid and patient had liver mets, would he continue with op or just sew the person up?

Usually: The work up is done before, not during the surgery. Carcinoids of the lung usually are not symptomatic until metastatic, unless blocking a bronchus. The surgeon may have a biopsy pre operatrively, but carcinoid usually is proven by excision. ...Read more

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What quality of life issues can be improved from septoplasty? Have asthma, apnea, UARS, hearing issues, fatigue, poor sleep. What do patients say?

What quality of life issues can be improved from septoplasty? Have asthma, apnea, UARS, hearing issues, fatigue, poor sleep. What do patients say?

Septoplasty: Do the surgery. It will help your breathing and the sleep apnea as you will breathe better, and if you have cpap, you will tolerate it much better. All of my patients use their cpap on the first post op day as I do not pack the nose after surgery unless you are bleeding. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Quality Of Life (Definition)

Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self worth and happiness for an individuals. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an ...Read more


Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more