What is the effect of a surgery on an Alzheimer’s patient?
Question by hammerandnails88: What is the effect of a surgery on an Alzheimer’s patient?
My grandpa has cataracts and needs surgery to remove them. However he also has Alzheimer’s and I am worried about the effect anesthesia has with his disease.
Answer by transplant mom
The anesthesia shouldn’t affect the Alzheimers itself.
But anesthesia can cause short-term confusion, as can hospitalization. So that can make his Alzheimers seem worse.
Plus, if his dementia is severe, he won’t be able to participate in his own after-care, and may need to be watched closely or even restrained to keep him from damaging his eyes before they’re healed.
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