Asthma and general anesthesia
My asthma is not well controlled. Only recently diagnosed, I've had some trouble getting it under control. Today was the last day of a six day course of prednisone. Latest bad attack--the one that brought me to the ER--was brought on by bacterial bronchitis/sore throat combined with yard that I didn't even realize I shouldn't have been doing. Had a more mild attack last night.
And earlier this week I was scheduled for shoulder surgery for May 12. General anesthesia. I'm very anxious to get the surgery done, since I've prevented from doing it for so long--years--for various reasons, and the chance to finally do it is great.
But I've been reading that general anesthesia can be quite problematic with asthma, particularly if it is not well-controlled. My surgeon doesn't seem concerned. No one commented or gave any indication of concern when I listed off the ER visit, the prednisone, the advair, the albuterol, the erythromycin, etc.
I'm getting the idea that this is just unwarranted jitters on my part, and yet I also don't want to run into a situation of a simple outpatient surgery turning into a major medical event because no one bothered to take my asthma into account in the planning of this thing. I've sure mentioned it enough, but considering how insanely hyperreactive my airway has been, I can't imagine that the procedures involved in general anesthetic wouldn't cause problems.
I just dunno. Any reassuring words or cautionary tales or experiences?