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I have an OR qustion... I have an OR qustion...

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Unread 04-01-2004, 12:23 PM
I have an OR qustion...

***This question may be a sensitive subject for some, so please read carefully if you're going to have surgery soon or had a bad experience before.***
You know how when we go into the OR room and they strap your arms down to the table? Well, that freaks me out...more now than the first ime. Is is okay for me to ask them not to do that, and how do I ask them? I don't want to seem weird...but I cannot deal with thinking that will happen again (this relates to past abuse issues....that's why it's so upsetting to me). I cried last time...and they thought it wa because of the surgery itself...but I was mostly upset because I was in there for at least 15 minutes like that. I'm afraid of having that happen again.

Thanks for any advice ladies...

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Unread 04-01-2004, 12:30 PM
I have an OR qustion...

Rita, Just ask them sweetie. Maybe mention it to the anesthesiologist at your pre op visit and then mention it again to whomever takes you into the OR or tell one of the actual OR nurses who will be there during the operation. They can always strap you in when you are put under if need be. s

Unread 04-01-2004, 12:48 PM
I have an OR qustion...

Dear ((Rita))

I have had many surgeries and visits to the OR... I think 15 all together. I mention this because a few years ago I would be awake when they rolled me into the OR and put me on the table... and I agree, it is scary and intimidating.

However, the last three times the A-man has given me something in the pre-op area (I think maybe Versed) so that my last memory is of holding my DHs hand before surgery... then the next thing I remember is being in recovery.

Perhaps that may be a strategy for you. I do believe that they have definate protocols about making sure you are securely on the table in the OR ... but perhaps if you have no memory of that just like the rest of the surgery it would help?

Let us know what the A-man says.

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Unread 04-01-2004, 01:02 PM
I have an OR qustion...


I had never heard of someone being strapped down while still awake. 15 minutes like this? In my view, that's inexcusable.

Gosh, this goes into my list of things to ask them to wait to do until I'm knocked out .... like bladder catheters.

I am sure your request will be honored.

s for you!!!!
Unread 04-01-2004, 01:06 PM
I have an OR qustion...

Hi, I understand how you feel about having your arms strapped. When you are in the pre-op area, and the A-man comes to talk to you, just tell him you need him to do it after you are completely out. It might even help to tell EVERYONE helping you that day from nurses, to doctors. I found that they are very accomadating in the OR, they want to you to be as calm as possible. Good luck

Unread 04-01-2004, 03:10 PM
I have an OR qustion...

(((Rita))) you have to be strapped to the table for the surgery so that there is no chance that an involuntary movement might cause a mishap. I wouldn't have it any other way; I think of it as their desire to keep me safe.

If it bothers you, just ask the anesthesiologist to give you a little slug of Versed right away once they have you hooked up to the IV, before doing anything else, as (((Sarah))) suggested. And have your DH there with you holding your hand so you will feel loved before you go under.

Unread 04-01-2004, 04:50 PM
I have an OR qustion...

I am shocked to hear of anyone having to endure what you have
described -- you poor, dear thing! My heart goes out to you, Rita. Being strapped down while conscious would be stressful and scary for anyone, in my opinion! I can't believe there would be any medical reason for not sedating you, so that you are already "in La La Land" prior to this step! I was "long gone" before I was even moved onto the operating table. I don't even remember seeing anything in the OR. The last thing I remember before the operation was being taken in an elevator to another part of the hospital, and hearing the voice of a nurse ask me if I was feeling relaxed. I couldn't even form the words to answer her. Then, I heard her say to someone, "She's smiling now!" My next conscious memory is having someone tell me, "The procedure's over -- you did great. What is your pain level?"

Rita, you need to insist that you are sedated before you are strapped down. You are the "customer" in this scenario, since you are paying for the surgery, and "the customer is always right!" Don't settle for less. I'm sending positive thoughts your way!
Unread 04-01-2004, 08:32 PM
I have an OR qustion...

(((((Rita))))))) I don't blame you for not wanting to be strapped down while you are still aware of this, after all you went through

((((Sweetie))))) Just mention this when you talk to the anesthesiologist, at the same time as you are discussing the pain management issues.

I remember being strapped, just before I went under for my hyst, but that was only for a very short time and my anesthesiologist (she was a very young, very gently woman) explained everything, gently, be she did it and was very gentle about the whole process. I think that this did a lot to sooth me and ensure that I had as good an experience as possible.
Unread 04-01-2004, 11:31 PM
I have an OR qustion...

As many have said here, Versed is a wonderful drug. It not only is a relaxant, it has amnesiac effects. I've had it each of the last three times, and it's wonderful. I do, apparently, babble away -- I'm not surprised . I work with the stuff in my professional capacity, so I'm pretty familiar with its effects.

You will want to discuss this with anesthesia. I like it the best right before I'm being wheeled in -- that way, there's no memory of the OR, which is how I like it. You'll need to share your pain management history so they give you the appropriate dose, but then you were going to be having that discussion anyway, right??

Rita, you're going into this armed with so much more information, about yourself and what your needs are. It should help you really communicate them to those around you -- so they can give you the care YOU need to be comfortable with this whole experience.

Big s, sweetie,


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