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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Emphysema and elective surgery

09/15/2008

Question:

I have stage 1 emphysema and I have quit smoking and do not yet need any meds. I was about to have elective ( plastic ) surgery and now I`m not sure if the emphysema presents special problems with anesthesia and healing. Shall I go ahead with it ? Thank you.

Answer:

Stage 1 emphysema most likely will not represent any problems with anesthesia; however, you should discuss this further with your physician.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University