If you have moderate to severe
asthma, you are at higher risk of having problems
during and after surgery than people who do not have asthma. Careful asthma
control in the weeks before surgery may help you reduce the risk of having
complications. Some people with severe asthma may need a short treatment with
corticosteroids by mouth to improve lung function
before surgery and prevent complications.1
Complications that may occur during and after surgery include:
If you’ve been living with symptoms of asthma even for a short period of time, it’s still important to seek asthma help. You can get asthma help from experts such as your doctor or an asthma specialist and from other people who have asthma.
The repeated bouts of congestion, wheezing, and gasping for breath can cause anyone to feel anxious, overwhelmed, and even defeated. Living with asthma symptoms can result in tremendous stress. Likewise, added stress can trigger asthma symptoms. So where do you...
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH
Publication No. 08-5846). Available online: