By: Terry Graedon October 26, 2020 11 Comments
    Does Genetic Testing Help Avoid Problems With An…

    Why do some people sail through surgery that requires general anesthesia, while others have tremendous difficulty recovering? No doubt some of the difference lies in the specific drug the anesthesiolo…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2020 6 Comments
    Surgery Doesn’t Boost Risk of Alzheimer Di…

    There’s good news and bad news about surgery under general anesthesia. Anesthesiologists have been debating the effects or surgical anesthetics on brain function for years. Some research suggests th…

    By: Terry Graedon January 12, 2020 6 Comments
    Ginger Was Brilliant Remedy for Post-Operative N…

    Post-operative nausea can be very troubling. People who have had any type of abdominal surgery definitely want to avoid throwing up. In addition to the usual unpleasantness, vomiting after surgery cou…

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2019 9 Comments
    Will Potatoes Slow Your Recovery from Surgery?

    Have you ever gone into the hospital for a planned surgery? If so, you've probably been offered some materials that explain the procedure and tell you what to expect, when to arrive and how long you s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 18, 2019 8 Comments
    Medical Marijuana Users May Require More Anesthe…

    Millions of people are now using cannabis regularly. Some smoke marijuana. Others eat marijuana gummies, brownies, chocolate bars, truffles and chocolate chip cookies. Then there is medical marijuana.…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Caffeine Wake You Up Quicker from Anesthesi…

    Many people rely upon caffeine to get going in the morning or improve alertness during the day. Researchers have now found that caffeine might speed recovery from general anesthesia. Could caffeine wa…

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 56 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2014 2 Comments
    Propofol Linked to Less Confusion after Surgery

    Q. After reading your column on the aftereffects of anesthesia, I want to share my own experience. I had severe memory lapses for months after undergoing anesthesia. It was like knowing something was …

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 27 Comments
    Did Anesthesia Scramble His Brain?

    Q. What can you tell me about the after-effects of surgical anesthesia? I am a healthy 72-year-old man, still very active. Five days ago I had TURP prostate surgery. Now I’m plodding through a two-w…