Postoperative pulmonary complications

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1158b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1158

Pain relief improves respiratory function

  1. Sabaratnam Sabanathan,
  2. Rajesh Shah,
  3. Johnathan Richardson
  1. Consultant thoracic surgeon Registrar in thoracic surgery Consultant anaesthetist. Department of Thoracic Surgery and Anaesthesia, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford BD9 6RJ

    EDITOR,—John C Hall and colleagues addressed the important issue of postoperative complications after abdominal surgery.1 However, their evidence does not support their conclusion; in the light of relevant recent literature, we would like to offer some explanation.

    Major changes in respiratory function occur in all patients after anaesthesia and surgical incisions, especially on the thorax and upper abdomen, because of a decrease in the functional residual capacity with minimal change in the closing volume leading …

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