I just had a mommy makeover 2 days ago and my biggest struggle has been phlegm in my throat/lungs after surgery. I feel like I need to cough it up often, but every time I cough I have tremendous, almost unbearable pain. I haven't seen this issue posted on this site. Is it unusual to have this problem? Any suggestions?
Phlegm After Surgery?
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Phlegm after surgery?
Phlegm after mommy makeover
Hang in there!
Important to cough, deep breathe, and walk after surgery
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Surgery with general anesthesia commonly creates mucous in the upper airway and coughing.
An endotracheal tube can generate a small amount of irritation of the upper airway. The cells respond by secreting protective mucous that may trigger the need to cough and clear the airway. This can be problematic after abdominal surgery but in spite of the pain, the airway needs to be kept clean.
Phlegm after TT/MM.
Talk to your PS and see if they can prescribe and incentive spiromoter. Using this will expand your lungs and restore a normal mucous flow. You might also discuss al little better pain control. Good luck, Dr. Aldo.
Deep Breathing Important In Avoiding Pneumonia
Address these symptoms, soon!
Coughing in the post-operative period can be associated with noticeable pain and discomfort in patients who have undergone chest and abdominal surgery.When this situation occurs, it’s important to splint the abdomen when coughing.It’s also helpful for post-operative patients to take deep breaths, ambulate frequently and utilize incentive spirometry.
When not dealt with properly, these conditions may progress to upper respiratory infections and even pneumonia.Under these circumstances, antibiotics may be necessary.For these reasons, it’s important to consult your plastic surgeon if you’re not seeing improvement in the immediate post-operative period.
Respiratory concerns after mommy makeover
Phlegm after Mommy Makeover Surgery
Yes, this is a very common occurrence after mommy makeover surgery or after any surgery utilizing general anesthesia with endotracheal tube. Keeping the airway clear is good as well as deep breathing with incentive spirometry and ambulation.
Phlegm after surgery
It is not at all uncommon to have some irritation in the throat following general anesthesia. This is likely due to the breathing tube that was in place during your operation. Additionally, we are continuously producing secretions from our lungs that we are clearing out, usually without any awareness on our part. The discomfort and tightness from your tummy tuck surgery will most certainly inhibit this natural clearing of secretions, potentially leading to the problem you describe. It is important that you make effort to clear what feels like it needs to come out, in order to avoid a greater problem like post-op pneumonia - placing a pillow gently over your abdomen when you cough can be helpful with this.
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