Anesthesia Not Linked to Long-Term Mental Decline, Study Finds

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Major surgery and general anesthesia don’t cause long-term mental decline in older adults, a new study indicates.

The findings suggest older patients should not put off surgery because they’re concerned that general anesthesia might affect their thinking and memory in the future, the researchers concluded.

The study included nearly 4,300 twins younger than 70 and about 4,200 twins aged 70 and older in Denmark who were given tests to assess their thinking and memory abilities.

The researchers compared twins who had various types of surgery between 18 and 24 years earlier with those who did not have surgery.

There was no significant link between major surgery, general anesthesia and long-term mental decline, according to the study published recently in the journal Anesthesiology.

“Our use of twins in the study provides a powerful approach to detect subtle effects of surgery and anesthesia on cognitive…

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