- Paperback: 132 pages
- Publisher: BCH Fulfillment & Distribution (August 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982916906
- ISBN-13: 978-0982916902
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Over Going Under: 5 Things you Must Know before Anesthesia Paperback – August 19, 2010
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The premise of Dr. Friedberg's message is that while there is now cardiac monitoring to view both the blood pressure and cardiac function and pulse oximeter to gage oxygen saturation on patients under anesthesia, there is not a widespread use of brain function monitoring. And when using agents that affect nervous system response to pain stimuli and motor paralysis that allow the surgery to take place under maximum conditions there may be a tendency on the part of the anesthesiologist to err on the side of giving more than adequate amounts of drugs to assure the patient can undergo the procedure. Without monitoring brain function Dr. Friedberg shows how overdosing patients during anesthesia can produce postoperative nausea, vomiting and pain. His thesis is that by administering the right drugs under controlled and monitored circumstances, those bothersome (and sometimes permanent post anesthesia effects of delirium and dementia) can be prevented.
Since 1992 Dr.Read more ›
This is a subject I have a great interest in. Several years ago my mother received too much anesthesia during an elective surgery. Perhaps you know of someone, usually an elderly person, who had an operation and afterwards was never quite the same, had memory problems and then slowly declined losing their independence; dementia sets in. That's what happened to my mom. The doctors say it's one of those things that happens with older people after surgery. I don't believe things like that `just happen'. After much questioning of the medical staff, a few individuals confided, off the record, that the cause was the anesthesia.
This experience set me on the path of discovery. For the past few years I have been reading everything I can on the subject of anesthesia and it's effects on patients. I was determined to never let this happen to anyone again if I could prevent it. That meant educating myself on the subject.
Recently I discovered Getting Over Going Under by Dr. Barry Friedberg, an anesthesiologist. This book was exactly what I was looking for. Dr. Friedberg explains in layman's terms how anesthesia works and what it does to the brain and the body. It's written for the patient in an easy to understand manner.Read more ›
The associate, a graphic designer, then told me excitedly about a book she had helped design a couple of years ago by a doctor named Barry Friedberg. She gave me a summary of what it was about and urged me to buy it. I'm so glad I did. Getting Over Going Under turned out to be the best investment I ever made.
I read the book hurriedly--my surgery was in three days and I was desperate. The key points were real eye-openers. I called my neurosurgeon's nurse and, to my relief, learned that the hospital where I was scheduled to have my surgery did in fact have the Brain Activity Monitor recommended in the book. (Dr. Friedberg recommends strongly that if a hospital does not have or use a brain monitor during surgery to move on and find one that does.) The nurse was a little baffled at my instance on the monitor, but faithfully relayed my request to the anesthetist assigned to my case.
I arrived the morning of my surgery to learn that I had been assigned a different anesthetist and that she had not received word of my request. We had a long talk as they were getting me ready for surgery. I told her of being overdosed with anesthetic the last time I had surgery and the horrible experience I had getting over it. I told her I didn't think I needed as much anesthetic as most other people.Read more ›
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As a practicing anesthesiologist, I feel obligated to warn patients that Dr. Friedberg has a personal agenda which taints this publication. Specifically, Dr. Read morePublished 8 months ago by pmlucas
This book helped me understand why I had trouble waking up following surgery in my 30's, and why it is extra important now as a "senior" to be sure my brain is protected if... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jane in Maine
Everyone who is over fifty, going under general anesthetic and wants to protect their sanity, should read this short book.Published on May 30, 2014 by Lola
Everyone should read this little book. The information contained in it is very important.
It is not very well written, but the info makes it worth the read.
Good information, Bad things can happen when good things are not used. Wish all surgeons insisted on the use of the "Goldilocks" method.Published on January 25, 2013 by brad messing
Getting Over Going Under....is a book that anyone thinking
of surgery should read. I had no idea the problems that
are possible from improper amounts of anesthesia,... Read more
GETTING OVER GOING UNDER: 5 Things you must know before anesthesia is an easy to read, solid little book that hopefully will find its way into the hands of everyone contemplating... Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Grady Harp