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Lasting Post Surgical Complication of Copd-like Symptoms

After a very complicated, prolonged cancer surgery involving the lower stomach and pelvic area due to gynocological and anal cancer (whew!) I have had severe breathing problems. My surgeon acknowledged it but didn't want to discuss it. He was one of those! Before my surgery, I could walk 1/2 mile without stopping or becoming breathless. I'm on 2 combivents a day now. I saw an interview once with the woman who played blanche on the golden girls and she was saying these same things. I'm wondering if anyone else's surgery has caused respiratory problems. It's been 5 years since my surgery.

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replied January 31st, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern.
Surgery on lower abdomen and pelvic area doesnot lead to chronic breathing problems.
However, prolong surgery lead to exacerbation of pre existing asymptomatic disease.
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.
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