husband just had some surgery. I visit him every day, but he seems
to be very confused and disoriented. When will he snap out of
you are describing sounds like delirium, a common condition following
surgery, especially among older people.
involves anesthesia as well as dealing with often serious medical
issues. During the period of recovery, it is not unusual to show
the signs of confusion you note your husband has. Delirium is
also common whenever one’s body is out of balance, such
as happens during acute illness or infection.
delirium can potentially be serious if its source is unknown and
if it is untreated, this is usually not the case following surgery.
Your physician should be familiar with the condition and treat
it accordingly. When correctly identified and treated, delirium
usually lifts after a short period of time and mental functioning
returns to normal.
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