Anesthesia types and effect on cognitive function in elderly persons

Posted by mnpat @mnpat, Jan 1, 2017

Hello, I am a 73 yr. old female considering a knee replacement. One of my major concerns is types of anesthesia and possibly decline in cognitive function. Any one have information?

@ujeeniack

discusss this with your DRS. They should know what medications your r on and the possible interactions Also, what about NP surgery and exercise instead?

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What is NP surgery?

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I had both knees replaced in the past 8 months. I had an epidural and a femoral block. It worked very well. No memory of the operation and after a few minutes in recovery room wide awake and alert. No nausea afterwards. I had a friend who opted for general and he was so sick for days after with nausea and vomiting. I would never go that route..

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Thanks! Any reason you did epidural rather than spinal? The femoral block is a great idea.

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Actually I think it was a spinal I had. The femoral block was good and that stayed in place for for about a day and a half after the operation. Great pain relief.

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