Dr. Tiago Noguchi Machuca, a lung transplant surgeon at the University of Florida, said that even some patients who were initially considered candidates for lung transplantation can recover without going home.
He has treated patients on ventilators and ECMO machines (devices that inject oxygen into the blood and remove carbon dioxide), and these patients managed to get them out of life support and breathing. His team kept such patients on the ECMO machine, but tried to remove them from the ventilator to restore breathing ability, he said.
A patient is about to go home. Dr. Machuca said: “When we brought him here, we really thought he needed a transplant.”
Doctors don’t yet know how long it will take for patients to regain their pre-Covid strength and endurance. If it is an acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS caused by other viruses and is similar to Covid-19, it may take more than a year for a full recovery, but Covid does not yet have such statistics.
Ms. Al Chikhanie said, however, the sooner patients begin to recover, the faster they will rebound, which may be another reason why doctors remove them from the ventilator as soon as possible. This may be possible, especially when scientists understand how to better manage the acute infection phase.
Doctors at Mount Sinai found that Covid does not damage the pulmonary blood vessels, but dilates the blood vessels. This makes the blood flow too fast to absorb oxygen, resulting in hypoxemia or blood Hypoxia or hypoxemia. Dr. Homan Poole (Dr. Sinai’s paper said that more research is needed to determine effective ways to reduce Covid-induced hypoxemia in patients.
Some people who have spent a lot of time maintaining their lives can recover, although they will need a lot of help and perseverance. Ms. Al Chikhanie said: “Keep active, walk around the house, go up and down the stairs”.