It is recognized that there is difficulty with mental functioning after surgery in the elderly, according to an article in the June 2003 issue of Clinical Anesthesiology. It now has an official name, which is post-operative cognitive dysfunction. It is sometimes called POCD. There is limited knowledge on how to predict it and reduce its risk. Local anethesia can have the same or worse effects as general anesthesia. It has some similarities to other dementias. It has a number of differences as well.
Dementia is a chronic, progressive decrease in the functioning of the brain. The most evident feature is short-term memory loss. Dementia involves other cognitive function problems such as inappropriate behavior, poor judgment, and inability to learn and communicate, think clearly and keep safe. It may be the result of a number of medical conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer's disease. The symptoms of dementia most often get worse over time, rather than coming on suddenly after an event such as surgery.
my mother will have her
cataract surgery by the end of this quarter, and her doctor assured her that she will not experience the post-operative cognitive dysfunction because her mental stability was evaluated first beforegiving any medication and doing the surgery.
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