Anesthesia and Elders


If you are over 65, then having anesthesia may put you at danger. According to Aging Care, anesthetics can push elderly men and women over the edge into dementia, especially if they were already planning to move towards that. While there are situations where anesthesia is unavoidable, health experts suggest that elderly people avoid surgeries that are not necessary for their health and well-being because of the adverse effects of the anesthesia. According to one research study from Duke University, at discharge from the hospital, about 41 percent of all patients have a sign of POCD (postoperative cognitive dysfunction.)

After three months of recovery, almost all young and middle-aged patients had recovered from the effects of anesthesia and their brains were working at the expected mental capacity. Yet 12.7 percent of all seniors (those over 60) were not at their full mental capacity even three months after their operation.

The risk of POCD in these seniors increased at this time. Often, those with a low educational level, a history of a previous stroke, or a POCD at the hospital discharge had more of a tendency to have POCD at this point. Those who still had POCD after this long tended to die within the year after the surgery was conducted. This is because if the brain cannot operate successfully, there is no way that the men and women who are recovering from an operation will be able to fully recuperate.

If your loved one suffered from POCD after surgery, then you may be able to start a lawsuit. Your relative should not have to suffer because of an anesthesia mistake, and you certainly shouldn’t have to cover the expenses association with this issue. Talk to a personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group today if you are dealing with an anesthesia error and need representation to sue in court.