There’s one person who holds the key to your surgery.
And it’s NOT the surgeon!
Sure, he’s important. But a good surgeon can probably do the job with his eyes closed and one hand behind his back.
But there’s another person in the room who doesn’t get much attention at all.
And what he does… the decisions he makes… and how he handles his job… could make the difference between a FAST recovery and a LONG SLOG with issues that linger for weeks, months or more.
One new study even shows how this single part of the procedure could mess you up in ways you weren’t expecting.
But there’s a step you can take… before your procedure… to ensure you DON’T face this risk.
All you gotta do is FIND this critical person!
Why you should ALWAYS meet the anesthesiologist
Anesthesia messes up more seniors than the surgery itself, and that’s a fact.
It’s not just how fuzzy and confused you feel when you come to.
It’s that these powerful drugs can lead to memory loss, cognitive struggles and more – and some studies even show they play a role in delirium, a frightening condition that strikes hospitalized seniors marked by psychosis, delusions, hallucinations, agitation and/or dementia-like symptoms.
Yeah, it’s bad news.
And you REALLY don’t want to live with that or any of the other side effects of anesthesia.
New research on mice shows how common drugs used in anesthesia hit the brain… and hit it HARD.
The study finds three of the most commonly used anesthesia combinations mess with the hippocampus, or the region of the brain that handles memory, learning and emotion.
And it’s NOT like being “asleep,” which is how most people – even many doctors – think of that anesthesia-induced snooze.
The brain activity is different, altering the synapses that send signals between nerve cells.
Two of the three went even further, triggering retrograde amnesia. That’s when you can’t remember recent events – and it’s known potential side effect of some forms of anesthesia in humans, too.
They’re hoping to use this research to fine-tune the drug mix given to seniors before surgery.
But the REAL reason so many seniors suffer from memory and cognitive problems after anesthesia ISN’T the drug mix.
It’s something else – something that you can fix if you talk to the anesthesiologist before the surgery.
Seniors are supposed to get LOWER doses of anesthetic drugs than younger people, but most anesthesiologists haven’t gotten the message.
One study a few years back found older patients get up to 75 percent more than what they should be getting.
That could knock out a MOOSE!
So make sure they know the score: You need the lowest dose for the shortest period.
Also talk to your doc about natural therapies such as milk thistle extract after surgery, which may help your body to detoxify more quickly from anesthesia and other drugs.