anesthesia

  1. The most important part of surgery is often overlooked!

    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.

  2. Seniors are routinely given too much anesthesia

    Surgery is traumatic enough at any age. But once you get up there in years, even a minor operation can be tough to recover from -- especially when you're given an overdose of anesthesia.

    And sadly, this happens all the time.

    In fact, two-thirds of all seniors get too much anesthesia during surgery, according to a new analysis that also finds the median dose of the anesthetic propofol given to seniors is nearly 20 percent higher than the highest dose they should have received.

    This isn't a simple matter of giving patients a little extra to make sure they're unconscious. It's a dangerous practice that can complicate the surgery and turn recovery into a nightmare.

    In this case, the researchers found that seniors given overdoses of anesthesia were more likely to suffer hypotension, or low blood pressure, right after the anesthesia kicks in.

    It didn't increase the death rate, and because of that the researchers seem to think this might not be that big a deal.

    But it is a big deal -- because there are other factors to consider here besides the death rate, like recovery times and complications, and unfortunately the study didn't look at any of those.

    Any operation in seniors also comes with a risk of cognitive problems -- including a dementia-like condition called postoperative cognitive dysfunction, or POCD. And seniors who are put under are more likely to experience it.

    The condition can last for days, weeks, or even months -- and seniors discharged from the hospital with POCD actually have a higher death risk.

    Anesthesia can also cause or worsen delirium, a growing problem in hospitals that often leads to a downward spiral as doctors give these seniors powerful antipsychotic drugs that can actually make the condition worse.

    That's why it's absolutely essential that seniors only get anesthesia when they need it -- and, when they do, at the lowest possible dose.

    If you or someone you love is going in for surgery, be sure to have a few words with the doctor beforehand about anesthesia -- and make sure he listens.

    In addition, I recommend detoxifying nutrients such as glutathione and milk thistle extract to help the brain recover from anesthesia. Acupuncture can also be helpful.

  3. The real secret to saving your eyes

    At some point in the next month, the feds are expected to approve a new drug to help treat macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors.
  4. Leeches in the emergency room

    You might not think of bloodsuckers as a staple of the modern operating room... but some of the nation's best surgeons now keep them alongside the most common tools in modern medicine.

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