For some months now I have been having some trouble with my Prostrate Gland which had enlarged abit,, giving me problems with Urinary Retention , resulting in me having to wear a Catheter, which I might add is Bloody painful being inserted and retracted when it has to be changed after a few months etc. It used to be called "The old man's disease", but NOT anymore - the patient sitting next to me at the Urology Clinic with the same condition was TWENTY SEVEN . NOW we get to the COPD BIT folks - I asked the Urology Consultant if I could have an operation on this Gland if the pills I have been taking every day , IE, "Finasteride" fail after six months to reduce the enlargement , as it apparently does with some patients. Here was his reply = " Oh no, with COPD you could NOT have a General Anesthetic - with lungs in that condition , I could'nt guarantee you SURVIVING THE OPERATION "
What ? - so on this basis , I or anyone else with COPD could never have an operation FOR ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES A GENERAL ANESTHETIC - that does'nt bode well for any of us if this is true, AND I would be stuck with this damned Catheter etc for the rest of my life.
Any thoughts on this folks ? please....... I 've just just had one ! IF what he said is true, then what keeps you breathing then, when you have a Lung Transplant - , when your old lungs are not functioning at all , - REGARDLESS OF THEIR CONDITION .....?