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My dad is having heart bypass surgery and is 79 - they say the surgery wont be a problem it will be from his lung condition from copd - he is a very active 79 yr old works like an ox - any one out there ever went thru this ? I am scared and so is he

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Ventilator weaning is complex and would have to be managed and assessed by the medical personnel, including a respiratory therapist. I don't think there's anything you can do except as Pam suggests, and educate yourself.
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Ask questions of the MD! Keep a notebook handy and as questions come to mind, write them down so you don't forget what you wanted to ask.
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