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COPD and Vocal cord disfunction and need gallbladder surgery

I was just told I have a large gallstone, thickened gallbladder wall and a gallbladder polyp. I’m concerned about surgery because I have severe stage 3 COPD (not end stage yet) and have hyper sensitive vocal cords (from nerve damage) that cause coughing fits and clamping down of vocal cords when I try to breathe between coughing. I’m terrified of anesthesia and CO2 to inflate my belly because of my lung condition and also scared they will further damage my vocal cords when placing the tube down my throat. I’m not sure if they will do an open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Has anyone with these medical issues had gallbladder surgery? Is it possible to have an epidural if open surgery is performed? There would be no need for the throat tube or CO2 if an epidural is done during open surgery. Please help.
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replied April 21st, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Epidural doesnot help in anaesthesia of this region.It will be done as open or laparoscopically. If you are obese then open is the option. Anyhow you are high risk for surgery.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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