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Hello, I have a question about the effects of general anaesthetic on dementia

Discussion in 'Welcome and how to use Dementia Talking Point' started by Lynnechr, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Lynnechr

    Lynnechr Registered User

    Aug 11, 2015
    1
    KENT
    Any information, facts or experiences welcome to help make a decision as to whether to go ahead with a simple operation under general anaesthetic on a parent diagnosed with dementia.
    Many thanks,
    Lynnechr
     
  2. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    7,963
    North East England
    Hello and welcome Lynne, I have no doubt that there will be replies from people whose loved ones have had operations under general anaesthetic.
    Luckily my late Mum didn't need a GA procedure, however I have read here may many times that a GA can take a huge length of time to shake off. I would suggest that you talk to the Doctors and the Anaesthetist for advice.
    Unless it's a life changing necessity, I would say no.
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,841
    Suffolk
    Many ops can be done under epidural. I think if you gave us more info, there would be more replies.
    If it's advanced dementia is the op necessary?
     
  4. CeliaThePoet

    CeliaThePoet Registered User

    Dec 7, 2013
    614
    Buffalo, NY, USA
    My mother, then 83, had emergency surgery for a strangulated hernia when she was stage 4/5. For 11 horrifying days after, she had delirium, tearing at incision, jumping out of bed, calling me screaming that they were murdering her. This passed, but nearly had her turned away from her assisted living placement in the meantime. Delirium is rather common for the elderly, both with and without dementia, and can pass quickly or be permanent. I would be very against any operation in the future.
     
  5. Lawson58

    Lawson58 Registered User

    OH had a general anesthetic about 4 months before he had his AD diagnosis and he suffered increased confusion and was a concern for the nursing staff. He now requires surgery for a hernia but our doctors are quite reluctant to do it not only because of the AD but as his general health is also poor.

    This seems to be a common response to a general anesthetic. If the patient is on warfarin, then an epidural should be out of the question as the risks of bleeding into the spine canal are very high.
     
  6. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,841
    Suffolk
    Yes, that's true, but we don't actually know the problem here. We can talk theoreticals all day/ night. OH had vascular work done, but under epidural. The choice was that or lose his leg. Even then he managed to remove cannula, epidural and drains. He also resisted, post op, the regular monitoring required.
     
  7. chick1962

    chick1962 Registered User

    Apr 3, 2014
    11,265
    Female
    near Folkestone
    My husband needs 2 operations under GA . I am aware of the risks involved with having dementia . However a spinal tap is not available for husbands ops . If he does not have the operations he will be bed ridden within a year and as he is only 65 I had to weigh up quality of life . It's an extremely hard decisions to make and even though we are going ahead I am terrified and worry constantly about it . Do speak with consultants about it but ultimately the decision is yours to make x


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  8. 1954

    1954 Registered User

    Jan 3, 2013
    3,836
    Sidcup
    My mil had 3 operations with general anaesthetic and it affected her really badly. She was screaming on the ward. Screaming at other patients etc and it took her weeks to get over it and increased her confusion and the family convinced it made her dementia worse
     

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