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Anesthesia Can Make Patients Vomit After Cosmetic Surgery - World's Top Expert Says PK Anesthesia Is Better
Date:6/9/2009

Before now, patients' number one anesthesia satisfaction issue never had an entire chapter dedicated to this persistent, unpleasant side effect of general anesthesia -- postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Dr. Christian Apfel, the world's foremost PONV expert, cites PK anesthesia as a non-PONV technique in the latest Miller's 'Anesthesia,' top anesthesia textbook.

Corona del Mar, CA (PRWEB) June 9, 2009 -- Postoperative nausea and vomiting, or PONV, was identified in a 1999 scientific study as the number one anesthesia outcome patients most wanted to avoid.

Miller's 'Anesthesia' has been the most respected anesthesia textbook for the past 25 years. In his unprecedented PONV chapter, Christian C. Apfel, M.D., Ph.D., the world's foremost PONV expert, cited PK anesthesia as an essentially a non-PONV technique.

Also in his chapter, Apfel wrote that as long as drugs like 'smelly' gases (inhalational anesthesia) and narcotics (intravenous opioids) are given as anesthesia, anti-nausea drugs are of limited usefulness to prevent PONV.

"Having the foremost international expert on PONV state that Friedberg's PK anesthesia is non-PONV published in Miller's 'Anesthesia' is an enormous endorsement and a historic landmark for the PK anesthesia 'recipe,'" says Friedberg, a recognized expert in cosmetic surgery anesthesia.

What's the 'recipe?' If one doesn't give drugs that make patients sick to their stomachs, PONV rarely occurs. PK anesthesia doesn't give either 'smelly' gases or narcotics but uses only intravenous propofol and ketamine.

In his chapter, Apfel cited Friedberg's 1999 PK anesthesia paper reporting a 0.6 percent PONV rate which was unequalled by any other anesthetic, with or without antiemetic prevention. Not surprisingly, patients who've had PK anesthesia also reported a high satisfaction with their anesthesia experience.

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