Surgery complications and PD
People with PD can have surgery but need to educate themselves regarding the specific potential issues that may arise.
The effects of anesthesia and surgery can be more profound in someone with PD.
Prior to surgery, have your neurologist speak to your surgeon and anesthesiologist about potential issues. Ask him/her to put all the issues in writing as well.
Prior to surgery, talk to your anesthesiologist about the anesthesia options that are available for the type of surgery that you are having. If local anesthesia is an appropriate option, you may want to consider it as it can have fewer side effects.
Post-operative delirium may occur, but is almost always reversible. Managing this with frequent reorientation can be helpful.
Blood pressure fluctuations, urinary dysfunction, constipation and swallowing difficulties can all be exacerbated in the post-operative period.