Important to cough, deep breathe, and walk after surgery
Deep breathing, coughing, and walking are all very important to your overall health and prevention of complications post operatively. It sometimes helps to hold a pillow over your abdomen when you need to cough. An incentive spirometer (see your surgeon for a prescription) is also beneficial in helping you deep breathe and clear out any secretions. If the pain while coughing is unbearable you should talk to your surgeon about pain control. Best wishes.
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.
Deep Breathing Important In Avoiding Pneumonia
the majority of cosmetic surgeries. A mommy makeover requires a general
anesthetic.The anesthesiologist puts
down a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) into your airway to safely control
your oxygen intake while you are asleep.The tube irritates the throat and disrupts the normal flow of secretions
(phlegm) in the system.It is an
unavoidable side effect.After surgery
it is important to work with deep breathing and coughing to mobilize the
secretions and expand your lungs to prevent pneumonia from getting a chance to
set in.We typically give our patients a
balloon to blow up every couple of hours for the first few days after surgery
to help with deep breathing.Also
getting up to walk frequently can help keep the lungs open.I know coughing right after surgery is
incredibly uncomfortable, but imagine how sore it would be if you were
constantly coughing with pneumonia!If
you work hard with deep breathing for the first 2-3 days everything starts to
get easier, the phlegm will dry up, and you will start to feel like yourself
again.Hang in there!
Your problem is not uncommon. Many times after a surgical procedure patient's are reluctant to take deep breaths and cough because of the associated discomfort. The abdominoplasty component of the Mommy Make Over will tighten the abdomen making it slightly more difficult to take a deep breath. In addition to that the abdominal wounds are fresh and coughing and deep breathing often cause additional discomfort. There is also probably some discomfort associated with the chest component of the procedure. Because of the reluctance to take deep breaths and cough the normal clearing of phlegm is reduced. Some of the discomfort in the abdomen when coughing can be reduced by holding a pillow close to your abdomen while you cough. Blowing up a balloon several times a day will encourage you to take deep breaths. If you continue to have problems clearing your phlegm you should discuss this with your surgeon to help prevent further problems such as pneumonia. Good luck
Phlegm after mommy makeover
Throat congestion and phlegm is likely related to the breathing tube causing irritation in the back of your throat. As you cough, you flex/tighten your abdominal wall which was just manipulated surgically, causing pain. I would treat the throat congestion as if you were sick and take anti-cough medicine as well, until enough time has passed that more healing has occurred and it hurts less to cough.
Hang in there!
Address these symptoms, soon!
General anesthesia is frequently utilized for cosmetic
surgery procedures.This type of
anesthesia usually requires the insertion of an endotracheal tube to protect
the airway and ensure oxygen delivery.Unfortunately, these tubes frequently irritate the lining of the
airway.This can cause a sore throat
with increased secretions and the development of phlegm.Under these circumstances, it’s not unusual
for patients to develop a significant cough.
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.
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
Respiratory concerns after mommy makeover
Some coughing or throat discomfort is not uncommon after an operation because a tube is inserted in your airway to assist with breathing while you are asleep. However, if the pain is unbearable or the cough persists it would be safest to contact your surgeon or seek other medical attention.
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.
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.
Phlegm after Mommy Makeover?
One of our major concerns, as plastic surgeons, after the extensive surgery that you have undergone, is prevention of pulmonary complications. Generally speaking, patients are encouraged to ambulate, deep breathe, and cough in order to help prevent postoperative complications such as pneumonia.
Although I cannot provide you with specific advice, if you feel that you are having significant issues in regards to your pulmonary system, you should contact your plastic surgeon for specific advice.