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Old 09-13-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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Mrsa & copd

Hello there, Just doing a fact finding mission on behalf of my mum who's booked in for surgery on the 27th. The op is for a hernia and to remove the wrong mesh they put in. Trouble is she's 73, and not in the best of health. She has MRSA and COPD and a host of other ailments. I'm worried that she'll go to the pre-op next week and talk herself into having the OP even knowing there's a chance she might not recover. I'd prefer she didnt have it, and as i'm her carer i'll gladly plod on if it means she will still be here come october. Am i right in thinking this op is more of a problem when you have mrsa/copd. Anyone think it's selfish of me to try and talk her out off having such a big off when your so unwell. Hopefully the doc's say no when she go's for her pre-op... Any advice will be gratefully received. Steven

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Old 09-24-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Mrsa & copd

Hi there,

First of all "having MRSA" isn't really a condition per se. If she has an active MRSA infection (like an active pneumonia or an active bone infection etc.) then that's a problem. Otherwise, all it means is that she has a certain type of bacterium living on her skin and it poses no extra risk to her going for surgery. The COPD definitely does increase her risk of perioperative complications. How severe is her COPD? Is she on puffers? Is she on oxygen? How far can she walk or how much can she exert herself before she gets short of breath?

The other thing to consider is that, even if they have to remove the mesh, it's not going to be a huge surgery. Generally, in people with COPD, the highest risk surgeries are the ones where the chest or the abdomen need to be opened up. Removal of the mesh wouldn't really mean any of that. However, if the mesh is infected or causing her a great deal of discomfort, maybe taking it out IS a good idea.

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