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What causes difficulty breathing post laproscopic surgery? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-May-2014
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User:My father aged 61 years is diagonised with acute pancreatitis .after MRCP it was found that he had gall stones and went through a laproscopic surgery to remove his gall bladder yesterday and was kept under post surgical ICU for 24 hrs and today he was complaining of breathing difficulty and the oxygen saturation level was droping ,so now the doctor adviced to shift him to medical ICU and have put him on few medication, a tube in both of his nostrils and i guess some tube on his stomach to reduce the stomach detention (Not sure).Kindly advice if this condition can be handled and will not lead to any complications?
User:hello doctor
Doctor:Hello, I am sorry to learn about your father's condition
User:can u please advice to the above query
Doctor:Unfortunately I will not be able to answer your question because I do not know the clinical condition of your father
Doctor:Based on your explanations and description I can only guess what might be going on
Doctor:but I will not be able to predict the outcome
Doctor:You will have to trust your doctors who are treating your father
User:yeah that k but just wanted to know if this condition is something serious?
Doctor:and if your father is shifted to medical ICU, that means the doctor is doing the right thing
Doctor:I am sorry again, I don't have all the details to say if it serious or not
Doctor:post operatively some people do develop some complications
Doctor:Breathing difficulty after a surgery usually means plueral effusion
Doctor:that is fluid in the lungs
Doctor:it could be due to heart failure or kidney failure
Doctor:or it could be due to infection
User:if it is due to infection is it cureable?
Doctor:so without knowing all the necessary details, it is hard for me to answer your question
Doctor:Yes, infections are easy to treat
User:he is able to breath but not comfortably
User:and he has saturation levels of 87
User:and his pulse are normal?
User:so wat could be the potentional cause?
Doctor:That is not enough information
Doctor:To be able to answer your question, I will have to examine your father carefully
Doctor:and I will also have to do some investigations
Doctor:It is simply not possible to answer this type of questions online
User:but normally post laproscopy would these conditions arise ?
Doctor:Not always
Doctor:but if the patient already has some other major problem then that will get worse
User:his gall bladder was removed yesterday
User:which had stones
User:he had no other problems apart from diabetic & BP which were controlled by mdeication
Doctor:Diabetes and BP are quite significant problems
Doctor:they both can cause heart and kidney problems
Doctor:Apart from oxygen saturation, can you tell me if your father has any fever now?
User:but i am told the problem of oxygen saturation level was due to stomach getting bigger & tighter
User:no he does nt have fever
User:so once the stomach thing is controlled he should be ok but i am just converened
Doctor:That is possible
Doctor:I can understand your worry
Doctor:please be patient
Doctor:and follow your treating doctor's advice
Doctor:they will do everything possible to cure your father as soon as possible
User:k but do u think that could be a potentional reason?
Doctor:that is why they have kept your father in the ICU
User:k thanks for ur quick help
Doctor:Yes, during operation we have to move the stomach around to do the operation properly
User:any ways i am just praying hoping for his recovery
Doctor:so that will cause the stomach to swell up
User:exactly this exactly wat was told by doc
Doctor:apart from that, the intestines also don't move much after the surgery
Doctor:so, these things do put pressure on the diaphragm
Doctor:and cause difficulty in breathing
Doctor:give it a few days
Doctor:As the swelling of the stomach goes down, breathing will become easy
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:so hopefully this is wat it is and he will recover soon?
User:thanks for your quick response
Doctor:I hope so too
Doctor:You are welcome
Doctor:thanks for consulting me here
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