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Yes it can make it worse as we are facing that decision at the moment ! Confusion after op might only be for days/weeks but can also be permanently. We are weighing up the risk at the moment as my OH needs a big op! I think quality of life and age comes into it and perhaps how much understanding of op the person with dementia has?! But the surgeon will talk it through with you all first . Xx
I can't agree enough with that. If it's at all possible I would do that.Would you be able to stay in the hospital with him so as to limit his confusion and see that he doesn't try to get out of bed? These are main problems in the hospital and often worsen the physical situation. You would also be able to help him eat and drink properly
My husband who has heart trouble and alzeimers had his hernia operation a couple of years ago. A general anaesthetic was not recommended and it was done with an epidural which worked really well. He was only kept in one night and has not been any trouble since. Perhaps an epidural might be suitable for your husband.
Yes it can. In my mother's case she had an anaesthetic whilst in early onset. She went into hospital as one person and came out as someone else. A year later following fairly rapid deterioration of the dementia she had to have another anaesthetic but this time the effect wasn't so dramatic but there was definitely additional confusion which hasn't gone away. Hope this helps