Anesthesia and Surgery

Anaesthesia & Surgery: A guide for people with a history of polio
St Vincents Hostpital 2016

People with a history of polio have special needs when it comes to anaesthesia and surgery.

This guide is for anyone who has had polio and will be having surgery. It has information to help you and your healthcare team plan your surgery. Take it with you to any appointments before you have surgery, and when you go into hospital.

Anaesthetists need to be wary of postpolio syndrome
Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists - Safety and Quality 2015

Important information for your anaesthetist

Polio patients and surgery: information for health staff
Danish Society of Polio and Accident Victims

Preparing for Surgery
Richard L. Bruno, HD, PhD 2019

Specifics for PPS
Selma Calmes

Dieting and Exersize

Exercise: Use it and Lose it
Richard L Bruno, HD, PhD 2018


Fainting and Fatigue in Polio Survivors
Richard L Bruno, HD, PhD 2015

Preventing Ultimate Burnout
Richard L. Bruno, HD, PhD, et al. 1998

The Cause and Treatment of Post Polio Fatigue
Richard L. Bruno, HD, PhD, Nancy M. Frick, LhD, etal 1995

Parenting with Polio

Parenting after Polio
Ellie Cassels, Gabrielle Longden 2020

A video presentation of research spearheaded by our Committee member Nimo Hersi

Respiratory Issues

Articles About Oxygen and Other Pulmonary Issues
Rancho Los Amigos Post-Polio Support Group

Breathing problems – links to various articles
Post-Polio Health ( and Ventilator-Assisted Living (

Breathing Problems in Post-Polio – various articles
from Post-Polio Health ( and Ventilator-Assisted Living (

Breathing Problems of Polio Survivors
Linda L. Bieniek , Judith R. Fischer, Joan L. Headley, and Edward Anthony Oppenheimer, MD . 2001

Living and Breathing with Weak Respiratory Muscles
Hal John Hester Colebatch AM MD FRACP, Ian Neering PhD MSc

Postpolio Syndrome and Anesthesia
David A. Lambert, M.D, Eleni Giannouli, M.D & Brian J. Schmidt, M.D

Pulmonary function tests
from Post-Polio Health International