Can Pulmonary Edema Be Treated Surgically?

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Good afternoon, I want to ask, long-standing lung edema, can it be treated with surgery? to cure completely?

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Hello Taehyung,


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Pulmonary edema refers to a condition where the air sacs in the lungs are filled with excessive fluid making it difficult to breathe. In addition to difficulty breathing, sufferers of pulmonary edema can also experience a variety of other complaints, such as the sensation of being out of breath, wheezing, cold and wet skin, restlessness, coughing up phlegm even bleeding, bluish lips, palpitations, often waking up during sleep, swelling of the body , weak, easily tired, and so on.


Mainly, pulmonary edema occurs associated with heart problems that result in the left ventricle failing to pump blood properly and making a lot of fluid build up in the lungs (congestive heart failure). This condition can occur due to coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, heart valve disorders, and hypertension. It could also be, pulmonary edema occurs due to problems other than the heart, such as ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome), living in the highlands (high altitude pulmonary edema), neurological disorders (eg post head injury, seizures, or brain surgery), side effects of drugs (especially heroids, cocaine, aspirin), pulmonary embolism, viral infections, poisoning, smoke inhalation, or also due to near drowning.


Depending on the cause and severity, pulmonary edema can be treated differently. Generally, the doctor will first stabilize your general condition and your vital signs, such as with oxygen supplementation, bedrest, regular monitoring of oxygen saturation. Furthermore, doctors can give several types of drugs, such as diuretics to reduce the buildup of fluid in the body, antihypertension if you have high blood pressure, even morphine to help relieve tightness and excessive anxiety due to pulmonary edema. Surgery generally is not the definitive treatment of pulmonary edema, unless there are specific anatomic disorders associated with it, and can be treated with surgery.


Our advice, if you or your relatives have pulmonary edema, consult a doctor or a specialist in internal medicine to be given the right treatment.


I hope this helps.

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