Authors

  • Mitch Keamy Photo Mitch Keamy is an anesthesiologist in Las Vegas Nevada Andy Kofke Photo Andy Kofke is a Professor of Neuro-anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennslvania Mike O'Connor Mike O'Connor is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Rob Dean Photo Rob Dean is a cardiac anesthesiologist in Grand Rapids Michigan, with extensive experience in O.R. administration.

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Cory

This was a very insightful post, I've read a couple of your posts and they are very interesting and enjoyable to read, and at the same time offer a great change of pace to the medical school humdrum.

mkeamy

Thanks for your kind words...

valleystorm

How would you compare effects, both long-term and short-term of ether, as was used when I was a child (three operations), and today's anesthetics? As a child I recall the horrible smell of ether and waking up vomiting. Last year I fell and broke my hip. When I woke after surgery I just felt tired and very sleepy, but no nausea or ill-feeling. I was amazed and gratified.

Mitch Keamy

Today's inhalation anesthetics are 4 generations newer pharmacology than ether; they have been designed for faster onset/offset (less fat soluble) less nausea, less organ system (kidney/liver) damage, and non-explosive. A remarkable improvement over 45 years. I'm glad (and not surprised) that your experience was better. Thanks for stopping by.

Mitch

Karin Taylor

A friend went into surgery and had trouble coming around...here we are ten days later and at least he seems to recognize us. He still can not articulate, but he appears to be listening to the conversations around him and obeying some commands. The rest of the time, he doesn't participate in anything going on around him...or is sleeping again...which is most of the time. Now we are told to find a resident medical facility for long term care because there has been undetermined brain damage. We're not getting much information other than "I don't know" from the doctor. So, I'd like to read up on patients who don't come around... they are giving him a week longer in the hospital. I'd like to know what his chances are. I know no one can tell us what to expect.... but these roads have surely been traveled by other folks and I'd like to know what they experienced. Could you point me to some literature or patient stories? I would like to learn a little more than I know now...which is nothing.

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This was a very postive article is amazing that you can display the medical profession from that perspective

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