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Surgery concerns

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Aug 29, 2020 | Replies (35)

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@kathyhg I recently had a major surgery. The steps that were taken with me were that the pulmonologist in Massachusetts corresponded with the surgeon in Connecticut saying that I would be at high risk for general anesthesia if this, this, and that were necessary in terms of incisions etc. . General anesthesia in terms of being intubated might have been problematic due to my lungs, but ultimately I was given a spinal and something else, and honestly, I don’t remember even getting the spinal! Your best bet, in my opinion, is to make sure all doctors involved are aware of your MAC and communicate either by phone or email as to what is the safest anesthesia that will work for you and for your particular surgery. It’s an easy request for them to honor and will set your mind at ease in the long run. My surgeon actually insisted on having that piece in place. Good luck. irene5

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Kathyhg. I went to hospital for an ablation for afib. After having been prepped and as I was sitting in the bed in my jonny with i v in my arm, I was sent home by the anesthesiologists, who were not willing to intubate because of the bronchiectasis and Mac. Admittedly I had just gotten over pretty severe bronchitis and was still coughing and producing mucus. They told me to come back when I got over the coughing. I wish my cardiologist as well as the anesthesiologists were more informed of my lung and bronchial conditions before I went through the whole business. My advice is to make sure all specialists involved are completely informed and communicating with each other.