I recently read a story online that reminded me of why I like to do what I do, and why patients appreciate our unique approach. This story about “Brain Fog” documents a problem that is getting more and more attention in the media. It is also referred to as post-anesthesia cognitive dysfunction and causes temporary or permanent short-term memory loss, as well as other manifestations of brain damage. According to the article, “A small Scandinavian study of patients over 70 found the risk also decreased slightly for those who had day-case surgery rather than staying overnight in hospital.”
The bad news is that there is no known way to avoid general anesthesia for procedures that go deep into the body. The good news there is a newer approach available that lessens the risk of this complication, and is appropriate for almost all cosmetic surgical procedures. These procedures include mommy makeovers, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and facial laser resurfacing.
While it is not understood exactly what causes this short-term memory loss, we do know that when possible, it is much safer to use small doses of newer drugs on the market along with local (regional) anesthesia. We also implement the use of a special monitor during surgery to monitor brain activity that quickly alerts us as surgeons to any changes in brain activity and significantly reduces a patient’s risk of any short-term or long-term effects related to anesthesia. This method of anesthesia provides many advantages for patients, including:
- A decreased risk of blood clots
- No memory of procedure
- No post-operative nausea
- Minimal post-operative bleeding
- Almost zero risk of “brain fog”
It is my passion to lead a team that commits to providing safe patient care while striving to maximize results, which is why we’ve chosen this method of anesthesia as our standard at Germantown Aesthetics.