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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Emphysema and elective surgery
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.
Stage 1 emphysema most likely will not represent any problems with anesthesia; however, you should discuss this further with your physician.
Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University