Last week (Oct. 1 Tomahawk Leader issue), a reader felt compelled to write a message about her mother who went into hip replacement surgery apparently healthy, but now suffers from dementia. She thinks people need to be warned about the potential consequences. The piece is called, “And the cake never got baked.” In it she says, My 83-year-old, healthy, astute and oriented mom had hip replacement surgery on May 7, 2013. The surgery went well (but) she came out confused and with no short-term memory. …She cannot tell time anymore nor does she have a feel for elapsed time. … She cannot cook or care for herself. She has a wild, glazed look about her. … The research I have done on this condition is startling. There are currently studies going on all over the world to try to figure out why 10 to 30 percent of the elderly suffer some sort of dementia following surgery. … If you are elderly and considering a surgery, please talk to your doctor about this situation. You should at least get the doctor’s take on it.”
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