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Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Bad memory loss from anesthesia, what do you recommend?

Not easy answer: The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes postoperative cognitive dusfunction. There is no know treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Memory Loss (Definition)

Memory loss is a symptom in which a person cannot recall (remember) something that he previously learned. Some memory loss is normal, such as not remembering facts learned in school years ago but not used since then. Other memory loss is abnormal, such as that caused by Alzheimer's Dementia ...Read more


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Could general anesthesia have any side effect to memory loss?

Could general anesthesia have any side effect to memory loss?

Not easy answer: After anesthetics, some patients experince postoperative cognitive dusfunctionpocd. The memory issues after anesthesia and surgery have been the focus of many studies. It is unclear if anesthesia by itself or if surgery and anesthesia or if surgery by itself is what causes pocd. There is no known treatment and there is no known proven way to prevent pocd except by not having surgery and anesthesia. ...Read more

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Am post op . In life had 5 anesthesia. recovery 4 times morphine, this time had fentanyl. Very messy recov.like drunk. Part memory loss, naughty boy

Am post op . In life had 5 anesthesia. recovery 4 times morphine, this time had fentanyl. Very messy recov.like drunk. Part memory loss, naughty boy

Please clarify: Your situation is unfortunate and sounds complicated. Not clear what you are asking. Please resubmit with a clear question so we can better respond. Meantime, talk to your surgeon or doctor who's following you about any post-op problems, whether physical or mental changes that may relate to your operation. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Can anesthesia cause amnesia after you leave the hospital?

Yes but not for long: Amnesia is often an intentional effect desired by an anesthesiologist for a more pleasant patient experience. With shorter acting medicines, and quicker hospital discharges, the amnesic effect often continues after leaving the hospital. That said, the patient is told to stay home and rest. After a few hours, the amnesic effect, and other anesthesia effects should taper off. ...Read more

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I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

I read studies that showed General anesthesia can causes amnesia and 35% increase risk of dementia. Is IV Sedation same like General Anesthesia.

See below: Do not think your statistics reflect real data. Did you find a blog from an online "expert"? IV sedation is not akin to general anesthesia and likely does not really represent any profound risk. Suggest you talk with your doctor regarding your concerns, ...Read more

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Why does anesthesia bring on amnesia? Is it psychological reasons why a person should not remember a surgery?

Cognitive effects: Anesthetics activate memory-loss receptors in the brain, ensuring no recall for traumatic events during surgery.Some people have short term amnesia/memory loss or other cognitive symptoms.. depends on age, type of agent used, and how long the person was under.Psychology affects everything, but I believe this is largely the physiologic consequences of having been in a pharmacologically induced coma ...Read more

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I had a bad reaction to anesthesia with headaches, and loss of memory and in a fog. Now they found brain lesions could the reaction cause the lesions?

I had a bad reaction to anesthesia with headaches, and loss of memory and in a fog.  Now they found brain lesions could the reaction cause the lesions?

No: The lesions might have been uncovered by the anesthetic, but they could not have been caused by it. Areas around brain lesions of any type are much more sensitive to anesthesia. This us due to the disruption if blood flow around those sites. Because of this an anesthetic could take longer to wear off from these areas causing confusion and your other symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme memory loss?

What could cause extreme memory loss?

Many causes: There are far to many causes to list. If you are elderly a stroke or alzheimer's may at the top of the lust. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


Dr. Paul Gilson
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Amnesia (Definition)

Amnesia is a condition where you are unable to remember new events (anterograde amnesia) and/or you ...Read more