Lung Problems Following a Myomectomy

Possible complications of a myomectomy include lung problems, such as pneumonia and lung failure. Patients with existing lung disease or those who smoke have a higher risk of developing lung problems following a myomectomy. In most cases of lung failure, it is a temporary condition that requires the placement of a breathing tube and breathing machine.
However, lung failure may require extended use of the breathing tube and machine. In some cases, a tracheotomy, which is when a tube is placed into your windpipe through your neck, may need to be performed for prolonged breathing assistance. In most cases, the tube will not be placed unless a patient has been on a breathing machine for several weeks.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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