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How long would short term memory loss lasts after brain surgery!?

How long would short term memory loss lasts after brain surgery!?

Depends on type: Post-op deficits, such as short-term memory problems, depend on the type of surgery, location, how much brain tissue was manipulated, length of surgery, etc. It can last a few weeks, to being permanent. I would ask your neurosurgeon those specific questions. ...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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Which surgery is better for Petit Mal. My medication very unsuccessful and the side effect is memory loss?

Which surgery is better for Petit Mal. My medication very unsuccessful and the side effect is memory loss?

Educate yourself: Sounds like you know little or nothing about your epilepsy. "Petit mal" is an obsolete term; hasn't been used for >20 years. Stop using it. Do you have primary generalized or partial epilepsy? Surgery is only for partial. By "surgery" do you include vagus-nerve stimulator? Surgery is only a last resort. If you're not satisfied with your treatment find an epileptilogist & educate YOURSELF too. ...Read more

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80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

It could be a new: stroke or tia, so you should have her see her doctor. It is possible that morphine is causing her symptoms, but other causes need to be excluded first. ...Read more

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What happens if a brain shunt shifts after surgery, is the memory loss permanent or temporary once the shunt is corrected?

What happens if a brain shunt shifts after surgery, is the memory loss permanent or temporary once the shunt is corrected?

The brain can heal: There is hope of regaining your memory.,even if there is memory loss. Tthis because the brain can be repaired, due to Neuroplasticity. The brain can repair or make new neural connections through the mean of cognitive therapy by a Speech and Language Pathologist or through Neurofeedback and eating an anti-inflammatory diet. ...Read more

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Is someone with severe alzheimer's disease eg. Severe memory loss able to consent to having deep brain stimulation surgery?

Is someone with severe alzheimer's disease eg. Severe memory loss able to consent to having deep brain stimulation surgery?

Capacity not likely: In general, the capacity to make medical decisions is based on an understanding the medical problem, treatment options and the risk of both consenting and say no and not suffering from an additional problem that makes it hard to thing rationally. Severe dementia interfere with the ablity ity to know what is wrong, understand treatment related issues and to assess risk.Requires assessment but unlike. ...Read more

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Can surgery cause you to develop amnesia?

Short term, yes.: Amnesia is usually a desirable component of anesthesia, and short term (less than 24 hours) amnesia with cognitive dysfunction (abnormal thinking) is common after general anesthesia. However, uncomplicated anesthesia and surgery does not cause long term amnesia. In other words, if you do not have any complications during anesthesia or surgery, there should be no long term amnesia. Dr. Mike. ...Read more

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Is a surgery that deliberately causes retrograde amnesia feasible? If so, would it be legal?

Is a surgery that deliberately causes retrograde amnesia feasible? If so, would it be legal?

If you would like: to forget somethings from the past you are better off seeing a mental health professional to help you process and put things behind you in a healthy way. The surgery you mention is not feasible and would only be an avoidance of psychological growth. What would happen next time you want to forget? Peace and good health. Sorry something has been so painful for you and I respect that. ...Read more

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What medications are given before surgery to cause amnesia and sedation?

Versed: You want to know what medication your doctor of anesthesia will give you before surgery to help forget the surgery. Most likely the drug will be versed or midazolam. It has a rapid onset and can be repeated. Most patients then describe a memory lapse of the procedure itself. Make sure a family member accompanies you so you can get home, you can't drive yourself, and to remember the instruction. ...Read more

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Is a surgery that can cause retrograde amnesia even feasible in the near future?

See psychologist: Your comment suggests that you need to forget do thing.mdont bet on a surgicallmso.ution. ...Read more

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