1 doctor weighed in:

What causes low oxygen levels after surgery?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. David Earle
Surgery

In brief: Atelectasis

Sometimes, there can be parts of the lung not fully inflated called atelectasis.
This could cause low oxygen levels and can be reversed by taking deep breaths. This type of lung exercise can be done using something called an incentive spirometer, and walking around. Hope this helps!

In brief: Atelectasis

Sometimes, there can be parts of the lung not fully inflated called atelectasis.
This could cause low oxygen levels and can be reversed by taking deep breaths. This type of lung exercise can be done using something called an incentive spirometer, and walking around. Hope this helps!
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
25 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available