HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Hysterectomy Support Posts > Preparing for Hysterectomy (pre hysterectomy)

With free registration, you can ask and answer questions in our HYSTERECTOMY forum community, get free booklets, access Hysterectomy Checkpoints and more.

You are not alone. The HysterSisters are here for you. Join us today!
join HysterSisters for hysterectomy resources and support

Types of anesthesia... Types of anesthesia...

Thread Tools
Unread 01-11-2010, 11:05 PM
Types of anesthesia...

Wow! I never gave what kind of anesthesia I will have for my TAH a second thought until a post just mentioned epidural! The surgeon never mentioned it, and I assumed that I would be put under using some kind of gas or something. I don't take well to Epidurals and the thought scares the daylights out of me! What is the norm for these procedures, or does it vary by patient, by doctor?
Unread 01-12-2010, 12:56 AM
Re: Types of anesthesia...

Ask your doctor what he/she plans for you. If you don't like the idea of an epidural, let him/her know. If anesthesia scares you, at your pre op appointment ask to talk with the anesthesiologist before your surgery; you should be able to at least chat a few minutes either the night before surgery or the morning of.

I have issues which make anesthesia potentially dangerous for me. I always make sure to talk with the anesthesiologist ahead of time and they are great about it, reassuring me that they'll only use agents that are safe for me (they have many choices) and have remedies handy in case of a problem.

Some women love the idea of an epidural during their surgery. Having had one once before, I'm not a big fan. I prefer to be out cold. However, I cannot have inhaled agents. Usually I get a shot of Versed before going into the OR, so I am completely relaxed and don't remember it later; followed by IV propofol during surgery. That combination works perfectly for me every time.

I hope this helps!

Unread 01-12-2010, 12:06 PM
Re: Types of anesthesia...

For my TAH I had a consult with the anesthesia dept. prior to the last appointment with my doctor; general anesthesia would be used although he gave me the option of an epidural. I would NEVER voluntarily choose an epidural: 1) the thought of a needle in my back freaks me out and 2) I would not want to hear what's going on.

Good Luck!
Unread 01-12-2010, 12:27 PM
Re: Types of anesthesia...

You should also have a consult with the anestesiologist beforehand. I know with my asthma, we discuss it beforehand. For my D&Cs I have had epidurals and been put out, just depending on my mood.

Our Free Booklet
What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy: Information, helpful hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy.
Answers to your questions

Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
From This Forum From Other Forums
35 Replies, Last Reply 04-05-2009, Started By rlm522
5 Replies, Last Reply 09-19-2008, Started By jennas36
17 Replies, Last Reply 01-28-2008, Started By nofrills
1 Reply, Last Reply 07-25-2007, Started By ALLBEADZ
2 Replies, Last Reply 02-20-2007, Started By eclares
8 Replies, Last Reply 10-29-2005, Started By Startulip
2 Replies, Last Reply 09-28-2005, Started By nikimcn
2 Replies, Last Reply 09-27-2004, Started By chico7
8 Replies, Last Reply 07-30-2003, Started By scrib
7 Replies, Last Reply 10-01-2002, Started By SeaSaw
3 Replies, Endometriosis Support
7 Replies, Pelvic Floor and Bladder Issues
5 Replies, No Ovaries - Yes HRT - Surgical Menopause
2 Replies, Hysterectomy Options and Alternatives
3 Replies, Hysterectomy Recovery (post hysterectomy)
6 Replies, Hysterectomy Recovery (post hysterectomy)
3 Replies, No Ovaries - Yes HRT - Surgical Menopause
5 Replies, No Ovaries - Yes HRT - Surgical Menopause
1 Reply, No Ovaries - Yes HRT - Surgical Menopause
1 Reply, No Ovaries - No Hormones - Managing Menopause


Hysterectomy News

October 6,2015


Surprising Facts About Aging - HysterSisters Checking In
The HysterSisters Checking-In newsletter is now online with information about menopause and aging. As we age, the ac ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  

Featured Videos

Dr. Fred Ramos answers questions about diagnosis and cu...

Dr. Bruno Gallo answers questions for HysterSisters abo...

Dr. Bruno Gallo answers questions for HysterSisters.com...

Dr. Bruno Gallo answers questions from HysterSisters.co...