GUEST SPEAKER:- Doctor Sunil T Pandya (MBBS,MD,PDCC)
An Anaesthesiologist is a doctor who gives a patient medication so they do not feel pain when they are undergoing surgery. They are specialised in anaesthesia care, pain management and critical care medicine.
They are the ‘’ THE SILENT FORCE BEHIND THE SCENE”
On 31st January 2021 MSSI HYDERAD CHAPTER has invited guest speaker of the month Doctor SUNIL T PANDYA (Anaesthetist) who spoke on MS AND ANAESTHESIA —— MYTHS AND FACTS.
With the help of slides, the doctor has beautifully and briefly discussed the types of anaesthesia and how safe is anaesthesia for MS patients. According to the doctor, Modern Practice of Anaesthesia is very safe for MS patients which include safer drugs, newer techniques, better training.
According to the doctor ANAESTHESIA given to reduce awareness and sensation during surgery, is safe for people with MS. The risk of relapse is not increased because of surgery or exposure to ANAESTHESIA. Generally, in the absence of complications, people with MS who undergo surgery do not find that it impacts their neurologic status. Infection or fever however may tend to aggravate symptoms of MS.
Risks Among Women with MS during Labor and Delivery:-
All forms (general, regional, local anaesthesia and conscious sedation) of anaesthesia are considered safe for women with MS; anaesthesia management does not need to be altered.
Few Myths and Facts revealed by the Doctor:-
Myth 1: If there is a dosage miscalculation, anaesthesia can wear off before surgery is over.
Fact:- There is no method to calculate the dose of anaesthesia. It can be increased as required. Hence it is not possible for the anaesthesia to wear off before surgery is over.
Myth 2:- The risk of anaesthesia is less if it is a minor surgery.
Truth:- Surgery is only one factor determining the outcome of anaesthesia. Other important factor is a patient’s co-morbidity.
Myth 3:- Spinal / Epidural anaesthesia causes back pain.
Truth: – Many studies have concluded that there is no evidence to support this.
Myth 4:- It’s not safe for women with MS to get pregnant.
Fact: – Studies show the disease has no effect on your chances of getting pregnant or having problems during pregnancy and there won’t be any impact on your baby’s health.
Myth: – If I have kids, they’ll get MS too.
Fact: – Genes play some role in MS, the condition doesn’t pass directly from parent to child.
Many more queries were answered by the doctor. The session with Dr. Sunil Pandya was very interactive and I conclude by saying that an anesthesiologist is a highly skilled professional and the most important member of the medical team for patient’s safety and care.