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    Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    I am to have major surgery soon. A mass was found on my kidney and I am to have a partial nephrectomy to remove itThe anaesthetist wants to stop the lithium twenty four hours. She said it was protocol for that surgery. Has anyone else experienced this ?

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by ElizabethJane View Post
    The anaesthetist wants to stop the lithium twenty four hours. She said it was protocol for that surgery. Has anyone else experienced this ?
    It is standard practice to stop lithium medication a day before major surgery partly because it may affect anesthesia and partly because fasting, fluid imbalances and other physiological changes may slow the rate it is metabolised and eliminated. An added factor may be that it is primarily excreted via the kidneys.

    Lithium has a half-life of 24-36 hours depending on age, so a brief stoppage shouldn't impact your mental health.
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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    Thank you for your reply

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    When are you having the surgery, or have you already had it?

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    The op will be performed laparoscopically robotically so minimally invasive. It is for a partial nephrectomy. They have told me mid June but it could be any time.

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by ElizabethJane View Post
    They have told me mid June but it could be any time.
    Good. The sooner the better so you can get back to normal life.

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    Surgery is booked for the 13th June

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    I have had my surgery which went well. I did not have the lithium dose until midnight yesterday. Consequently I was very weepy today. Hopefully that will even out.

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    Re: Lithium being stopped for major surgery

    Quote Originally Posted by ElizabethJane View Post
    I have had my surgery which went well.
    That is great!!

    I did not have the lithium dose until midnight yesterday. Consequently I was very weepy today. Hopefully that will even out.
    It should do but it could take some days for the brain to adjust. There may also be some psychological impact from the surgery involved.
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