Emergency Gallbladder removal

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My wife has end stage COPD ,emphysema and has to have emergency gallbladder removal, has anyone had any experience of this please , we don't know how she will survive an anaesthetic , are there other non surgical options. Many thanks.

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    All depends how severe the COPD is - even if it is end stage, and if its a local or a general anaesthetic.  If they can do keyhole surgery just with a local anaesthetic under sedation, then that might be an option.   My dad has got suspected lung cancer that is basically inoperable because he'd never survive going under a general anaesthetic his breathing is so bad.
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      Thanks for your reply Kevin, my thoughts are with you and your family.

      My wife is on 24 oxygen via a concentrator, and has no mobility , only using a wheelchair and I am looking after her 24 / 7. Just waiting for the results of a second blood test as the liver enzyme count was exceptionally high and possible pancreatitis complications.

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    Has her surgeon spoken about the risks concerning her COPD?  There are always risks, but if it helps, I am 56 with severe asthma and COPD with lung function at 30% and so far I have survived multiple surgeries.  I make sure that my lung condition is known ahead of time.  Of course we are all different and I am not trying to predict the outcome.

    I wish her and you the best outcome

    Dawn in US

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