While treatment is necessary to save the infants life and avoid brain damage, there are side effects to surfactant therapy and the related treatments. Parents should ask as many questions as possible to become completely informed before making medical decisions for their newborn.
Some of the risks can be avoided with experienced, accurate monitoring and procedures. These are a few of the side effects of surfactant therapy and the accompanying therapies:
- Air leaks
- Chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
- Irritation/bleeding in the lungs
- Lung tissue damage from oxygen pressure
The team at Florida Hospital has extensive experience caring for newborns and takes special precautions to avoid complications of the procedures.
Learn more about how Florida Hospital works to avoid side effects of surfactant therapy. Schedule an appointment at Florida Hospital today.