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Dr. Jon R. Sundin, MD

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Jon R Sundin MD is a top Anesthesiologist in Salt Lake City, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Jon R Sundin MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Jon R Sundin MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Jon R Sundin MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. Jon R Sundin MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
37 years Experience
Dr. Jon R. Sundin, MD
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • La State Univ Sch of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La
  • Accepting new patients

Are older patients at risk for confusion after anesthesia?

As we grow older we become less tolerant to many things and more susceptible to potential negative side effects of medications. Healthy elderly people can and do tolerate anesthesia READ MORE
As we grow older we become less tolerant to many things and more susceptible to potential negative side effects of medications. Healthy elderly people can and do tolerate anesthesia very well. Anesthesiologists know that elderly patients may not tolerate anesthesia as well and start with lower doses and titrate anesthetic levels as needed so the patient can get through the surgical procedure safely. If your mother already has confusion, she will be at increased risk for postoperative worsening of that confusion and will need to be watched carefully until she has cleared the anesthetic and recovered back to her baseline.

Many hernia surgeries can be performed with minimal sedation and local anesthesia and avoid the side effects of deep general anesthesia altogether. The local anesthetic is numbing medication that is injected into the tissue where the hernia is being repaired similar to what a dentist does when working in your mouth.

Your anesthesiologist will discuss the pros and cons of both general and local anesthetics with you preoperatively and help you and your mother decide what is best for her.

Whatever is done, the increased confusion your mother may experience because of the anesthesia will be temporary and will go away.

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