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I am a 68 yr old female. I am scheduled knee replacement next week. Actually my p

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I am a 68 yr old female. I am scheduled for Left knee replacement next week. Actually my pain has been much better for the several months I have been on Mobic. I decided to have the surgery because of the potential of a side effect from the med. I have family member who died of dementia and another who has the gene. I am noticing some symptoms with myself. I am considering canceling the surgery because it could make the dementia worse.
Your thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,This is indeed a good concern. Yes it is possible for the surgery to worsen your dementia related symptoms. THis can be due to: ***** ***** medications use, pain medications used, blood clots going to the brain from surgery, or surgery related stress itself. The risk of dementia given your family history and personal history can be 10-15% following surgery. Hence, this needs to be balanced with the potential benefits. if you have reasonably good mobility and your pain well controlled with mobic, you may defer or postpone your surgery for now. Please discuss with a neurologist as well. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us today. If you have any additional questions or need further clarifications, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here to answer them. I wish you good health. Regards, ***** *****