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Unread 04-07-2004, 07:46 PM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns

the day of my D&C and hysteroscopy, to determine what is going on in my uterus is approaching ( Friday). I had my pre-op, and appoitntment with the Anesthesiologist today. The pre-op went well. My blood count looks good, my Pap came back fine, and my Gyn told me that she does not think it is cancer, but of cause I need to know for sure. The abnormal bleeding has to come from something, and a endometrial thickness of 12 ( time of begin of period)mm is a bit on the thick side. I agreed with the Gyn to have an epidural or spinal block for this. I am alone with two younger children and can't be out of comission for to long. Also, I feel uncomfortable with a general anesthesia because I have an undiagnosed neurological problem ( dizziness due to vision problems, sensation of net breathing right). Currently, I await an appointement with a special Neurologist. Well, than I went to see the Anesthesiologist and his nurse tells me that they will most likely refuse to do any type of anesthesia because of the unknown cause of the neuro problem. I could not believe this, as I have to wait for over 2 month to see the Neuro. Thank goodness the Gyn talked the Anesthesiologist into doing the spinal block because it does not involve altering my conciousness. I will have no sedation either. Yikes. Does anyone have experience with epidural's/ spinal blocks and D&C's. I hope that I can stay calm, not being able to feel my lower body. Than I will have to wait 2 1/2 weeks for the results of the biopsy.
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Unread 04-07-2004, 07:58 PM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns

Hi Tinka,

Yikes,,, I give you alot of credit for wanting to do your surgery this way.

The only thing that I did have experience with is an epidural. Both of my children were c-sections. For the first one I was totally out but for the second I was given an epidural.

For me, the worst part was the shots in your back. They had me sit at the edge of the bed and bend over putting my head down as far as possible. The doctor then put, what felt like, little needles into the cartlidge of my spine. I was numb before I knew it but can still hear that scrunching sound today.

I did not feel any pain during the delivery, the only thing I did feel was a sort of pressure feeling. They must have also given me some kind of relaxing meds because I do think that I was in and out of awakeness.

Good luck to you and keep us informed.

Unread 04-07-2004, 09:33 PM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns


I had a spinal block with my last c-section. It was MUCH less painful than a regular epidural, and I couldn't feel a thing below my ribs. I was not sedated either. I think you'll do just fine. I would choose a spinal block over an epidural any day. I have a bad reaction to morphine (throw up, itch, etc.), and they put morphine in my epidural after the procedure. Wasn't fun, that's all I'll say.

Best wishes to you in your journey.
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Unread 04-08-2004, 07:04 AM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns

I am just curious... I thought that "spinal blocks" were not as safe as epidurals and were a thing of the past.

Unread 04-08-2004, 07:44 AM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns


The way it was explained to me, a spinal block can have fewer compliations than an epidural. After the epidural I had the most HORRIBLE headache I ever hope to endure, and headaches can be common side-effects of an epidural. A spinal block gives you less of a chance of headaches. The only thing about a spinal block is that it's only good for about 2 to 3 hours. If the surgeon is not finished by then, they have to give you general anesthesia if you still need to be anesthetised. They didn't give me the spinal until my OB was IN the hospital for that very reason; they wanted to make sure he was not held up on some emergency. Of course, I am sure there are other people who are more knowledgable about this than me, so perhaps they could chime in?

Hope this helps.

Unread 04-08-2004, 07:53 AM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns

Thanks Donna for the information...I really did not know that.

I guess I was just lucky... I had the epidural without any complications afterwards.

Unread 04-08-2004, 08:06 AM
D&C, hysteroscopy and anesthesia concerns


You are very welcome!! The reason they decided to do a spinal instead of an epidural is becuase I was not going to have the morphine afterwards and because of the headache the previous time. I have to admit, I was a little freaked out about the whole spinal block thing, but it worked out well.

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