Asthma and Surgery!!

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   Posted 12/6/2006 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!! This is my questions to all. I had surgery September 8th 2006 to have my glands taken out under my left arm. I was put under for the whold surgery. When I had woken up in the recovery room. I experience alot of shortness of breath right as I came to after surgery. I had to have an albuterol treatment. Then the shortness of breath went away. I had trouble getting air in and out so they sat me straight up. I do have asthma for a long time now. What should I do to prevent that from happening on December 8th when I have surgery again the same type of surgery just on the right arm this time??? Thanks Brandi.

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   Posted 12/7/2006 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
First off, good luck with the surgery
Second, i dont think you really have anything to worry about doing, it is pretty much out of your hands, and so you know, ALOT of people who wake up from surgery have to be on oxygen, evan if they dont have asthma
and sometimes asthmatics get an attck from the anxiety of it all, weather your in pain or anything like that
This time just about the only thing i can suggest is what my asthma specialist recommended for me to do, which i did, and that was get a 'albuterol'? treatment, where they put the oxygen mask over your face with the steam and medicine in it for a few minuites.
say that youve been havin a tough time with your asthma lately, and that youd like one of those, right BEFORE surgery, and explain what happened last time, i had this, and had NO problems after my surgery last time
good luck, im sure everything will turn out great, but let us know how it goes

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   Posted 12/7/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your surgery, I hope all goes well for you. How long will you be in the hospital? Please let us know how you are doing.

I didn't have any trouble after my surgery last year.

I would ask for the treatment like Josey suggested.


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   Posted 12/8/2006 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Younglady94: I'm a resp therapist & the advice to have a resp tx prior to surgery is right on the nose. Anyone who is asthmatic undergoing any type of medical procedure needs to let the anesthesiologist, MD, etc know of your condition. A tx is given and your monitored for your condition. Good luck & don't worry ... just make sure everyone is aware of your condition.

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   Posted 12/9/2006 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
:-) Hello. Thankyou everyone for you suggestions. The surgery went well. Before the surgery the doctor listened to my lungs and heard wheezing. Which I was surprised cause I was not having any trouble at that time.Anyhow, I told the doctors about what happened with my breathing the last surgery I had. They gave me a albuterol nebulizer treatment before going into the operating room. After surgery breathing was much better for me. I am recovering good. Some soreness but not a whole lot of pain this time. Thankyou, all for suggestions and support. Brandi.
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