When we get older, our bodies begin to weaken, and lose the ability to fight off some diseases or conditions by themselves. Surgery will be required in many instances, which includes the use of anesthesia to ensure the process is painless. The general use of anesthesia includes both intravenous (through the veins) and inhaled drugs that will render an individual unconscious for a controlled period of time depending on the dosage.
Most applications of anesthesia are used when a surgical procedural will cause a high amount of physical or mental pain, or interfere with normal bodily functions. During the process, your body will be put into a state people call “going under”. For most younger individuals, recovery from this state after surgery is completed is typically very fast, and any residual effects will wear off. However, because the bodies of older individuals like seniors tends to process drugs slower, there may be residual effects or risks associated with taking anesthesia. In most cases, complications with anesthesia arise when used on patients with other medical conditions.
Two Most Common Effects of Anesthesia
Something to note here is the difference between delirium and dementia, two commonly confused conditions. These two conditions have very similar symptoms including mood swings, lack of perception and some of those mentioned above. Bottom line is that people who have dementia can have symptoms of delirium, but these two terms are completely different.
How to avoid Post-Surgery Complications
There are many things you can do to ensure that the risks associated with anesthesia are decreased during a surgery.
Things you can do post-surgery
Family members are not allowed to be with the patient during most surgical procedures, especially those that require anesthesia. However, to reduce the aftereffects of the anesthesia (disorientation, confusion, etc), there are some things you can do for the patient: