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 problems. For some people with severe asthma, a short treatment with
corticosteroids may improve their lung function
before surgery and prevent problems.1
Problems that may occur during and after surgery include:
Sudden airway narrowing. This can be triggered by placement of
a breathing tube into the airway before
Low blood oxygen levels and possibly an
increased blood level of carbon dioxide.
ability to clear your lungs by coughing.
Respiratory infection and collapse of
An allergic reaction to latex (if latex is
used during surgery).
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:
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