I believe I have written about the possibility of me getting the surgery to solve my Gastro-Intestinal Reflux Disease (GERD). I have taken Proton Pump Inhibitors for 30 years! They work but I would and my wife would like me off of the meds. They have some side effects. I had the first test, and it was a doosey! The ran some type of device through my nose and into my throat to test the closing of my esophagus valves. I now know why they wanted my stomach empty! I gaged, did the dry heaves, and in general spent 20 minutes in misery!!
Then, during a normally scheduled appointment with my neurologist, I asked him if having this surgery, which requires General Anesthesia, was advisable. He said, NO. He also said, all elective surgeries were out. Emergency surgery is OK. Nice to know.
So, today, I called the doctor's office that was planning other tests and the pending surgery and told them I would not be having the surgery or other tests. They sounded disappointed! I guess they had a new car or an extension on their homes planned!
The neurologist said that general anesthesia has a high possibility of making dementia worse. In other words, it may speed the progression of the disease by a jump! He said he had seen it numerous times and really recommended against it. So, the moral of the story for us with Dementia is, emergency surgery only!