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If I have obstructive sleep apnea, will having a breathing tube during open-heart surgery give me complications?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

The fact that you know you have apnea.
.. And presumably it is being treated actually decreases your risk of post-op complications. Untreated sleep apnea could result in post-obstructive pulmonary edema when the breathing tube is inserted to help you breath.

In brief: No

The fact that you know you have apnea.
.. And presumably it is being treated actually decreases your risk of post-op complications. Untreated sleep apnea could result in post-obstructive pulmonary edema when the breathing tube is inserted to help you breath.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No. The endotracheal tube ("breathing tube") will bypass any areas of obstruction.

In brief: No

No. The endotracheal tube ("breathing tube") will bypass any areas of obstruction.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely.

Be sure the anesthesiologist knows you have osa.
He will need the info when you are in recovery. A breathing tube can replace a c-pap if you are using one.

In brief: Not likely.

Be sure the anesthesiologist knows you have osa.
He will need the info when you are in recovery. A breathing tube can replace a c-pap if you are using one.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not at all

As long as your anesthesiologists know about your apnea you should not have a problem.

In brief: Not at all

As long as your anesthesiologists know about your apnea you should not have a problem.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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