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  • 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)
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2010
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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 surgery. The media is full of anesthesia accidents and overdosing on anesthetic drugs by young people seeking a high and Dr. Barry L. Friedberg, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist for over thirty years has taken the time to address issues that too often are neglected questions from patients preparing for surgery. His style of writing is a bit simplistic, but that choice of presentation will probably find more open-minded readers. He is not preaching: he is informing.

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.
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Having elective surgery is a scary proposition for most people. We go to a trusted doctor or get a good referral, have a consultation to understand our options and even seek out a second opinion; but how much do we research the anesthesiologist, the person we trust to make sure we wake up after the procedure is over? For most people, not much research at all. Most patients meet the anesthesiologist the morning of the surgery and know very little about them. This book explains what everyone needs to know, what you must know, before receiving any anesthesia.

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.
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I told an associate that I was going in for lumbar surgery and how reluctant I was to have the operation done because on the horrendous experience I had from being overdosed with anesthetic the last time I had surgery. I said the worst part of the whole experience for me, by far, was the weeks it took to get the excess gas out of my system and how horrible it made me feel--I thought I would never get my mind and my lungs back.

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.
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