Your anesthesiologist is unlikely to directly measure your brain with a brain monitor unless you demand it!
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The aging brain is more sensitive to the negative effects of anesthesia over medication which is routine without the use of a brain monitor.
Propofol ( the 'P' in 'PK') is an anti-oxidant while general anesthetics are oxidizing agents that raise your C-reactive proteins, markers of inflammation.
Propofol ketamine (PK) intravenous sedation anesthesia has safely anesthetized more than 5,000 patients of more than 100 different surgeons for ALL cosmetic procedures including tummy tucks and post-bariatric procedures.
You can get everything you want from PK anesthesia; i.e. you don't hear, feel or remember your surgery. Why would anyone want an oxidizing general anesthetic that includes the deadly risks and odious side effects like postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV)?
Since its conception in March 26, 1992, the SAFETY record of PK anesthesia includes:
NO pulmonary embolisms (deadly blood clots to the lungs),
NO patient deaths (like Donde West or Stephanie Kuleba),
NO cardiac arrests (or near death experiences like Tameka Foster),
NO negative pressure pulmonary edema or aspiration, NO 911 calls, and
NO hospital admissions for PONV or pain management
- NONE of those outcomes can proponents of general anesthesia claim.
FWIW, PK anesthesia has the lowest rate of PONV in the anesthesia literature & does not require the use of anti-nausea drugs that have their own side effects.
Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation is a public, non-profit dedicated to educating Americans about the PUBLIC HEALTH RISK of too much anesthesia and
the value of direct brain monitors to avoid this risk.
Disclaimer: Neither Dr. Friedberg nor Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation accept financial support from brain monitor makers.