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How patient with emphysema can recover from general anesthesia?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Under care

The patient with emphysema is sensitive to many of our anesthetic agents, that is they will depress their already damaged pulmonary function.
This means that a patient with emphysema is going to spend more time in the post anesthesia care unit to make sure that they can breathe with minimal assistance. Having the patient spend the night after an operation is another way that they can be carefully.

In brief: Under care

The patient with emphysema is sensitive to many of our anesthetic agents, that is they will depress their already damaged pulmonary function.
This means that a patient with emphysema is going to spend more time in the post anesthesia care unit to make sure that they can breathe with minimal assistance. Having the patient spend the night after an operation is another way that they can be carefully.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: First, make

Sure your condition is optimized preop.
Then have a conversation about anesthetic choices with your anesthesiologist. Consider non-narcotic post op pain solutions and maybe regional anesthesia intra-op if possible. If your condition is serious, you may also get extra monitoring post op.

In brief: First, make

Sure your condition is optimized preop.
Then have a conversation about anesthetic choices with your anesthesiologist. Consider non-narcotic post op pain solutions and maybe regional anesthesia intra-op if possible. If your condition is serious, you may also get extra monitoring post op.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology

In brief: Depends

Patients with emphysema should have their pulmonary function thoroughly evaluated.
This includes a history and physical and pulmonary function tests with spirometry. Based on these tests symptoms can be optimized prior to surgery. These patients have higher risk of pneumonia after surgery, but if properly optimized and managed can do very well with normal recovery.

In brief: Depends

Patients with emphysema should have their pulmonary function thoroughly evaluated.
This includes a history and physical and pulmonary function tests with spirometry. Based on these tests symptoms can be optimized prior to surgery. These patients have higher risk of pneumonia after surgery, but if properly optimized and managed can do very well with normal recovery.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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