oxygen dropping after surgery
Is it normal for a person's oxygen level to drop during recovery after they've had surgery? I have had dozen's of surgeries and surgical procedures and have never had such a problem before. The hospital staff said it might be the fentanyl but I also used to use duragesic patches daily without such a problem. And I have had fentanyl plenty of times during other surgeries and no complications. My oxygen kept dropping down in the 80's and I had PVC's the entire time of the procedure and during recovery. I had to go on oxygen up until the next day and breath air into a tube I guess to exercise my lungs. The PVC's were single so the doc said not to treat them. I have had surgeries 10 thousand times more painful than this, and had to be constantly treated with heavy meds, never did I once have a breathing issue. I am a 22 yr smoker, I have been trying to kick the habit. And lately I've had breathing problems, either from walking or from the PVC's. Last time my lungs were checked (and it has been a long time), I had scarring on my left lung base but the CT said no disease was apparent. I don't know why I had the scarring. I just wonder if this could indicate a possible lung issue. I have been a little worried of that anyways with the shortness of breath, but since I don't spit **** up, I thought well, maybe nothing is wrong. Could there be something wrong? I also have a positive ANA and high RNP which I think is MCTD but I have to wait until Oct to talk to a rhematologist. MCTD will cause lung disease. And I have the history of smoking 3 pks a day. I just don't know what to think. Should I tell my dr about this?
Last edited by neveragain444; 07-16-2010 at 06:40 PM.