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Unread 06-15-2004, 07:46 PM
Facing surgery

Hello,
I am completely new to this so I hope I do it right. I think it is great to have a site for women who can help one another cope with female troubles.
I am scheduled for surgery 6/30/04 and there are 2 things troubling me. It may sound silly but it bothers me. Ok, here goes.......One, do they put a resperator down your throat? Do they do it while you are awake or after you are asleep? Second, the one think many women fear......PAIN when you wake up. I had a friend who had a TVH done and when she woke up, she was in pain. I know everybody is different but I have had so many people tell me that people are different. After reading some threads on here, I have to say I feel better but still nervous. I have been told there wont be a resperator and then there will be. Can somebody who has actually experienced the surgery and who can possibly remember, is a resperator used? This is my first major surgery so I am just concerned at this point. Any answers or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 06-15-2004, 08:17 PM
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I have not yet had my TAH, but I'm a nurse. If you have general anesthesia they do put a breathing tube down your airway. They do this after you are asleep, and they give you medicine that makes you not remember much of the events leading up to you going into the operating room. For both of my Lap's I had the breathing tube in and don't remember a bit of it. You may notice a scratchy throat after you wake up. You may not have a breathing tube if you don't have general anesthesia (for example spinal/epidural anesthesia)

As for the pain when you wake up, they give you a medicine to reverse the anesthesia, thus allowing you to wake up. The bad part about this is it also reverses the pain medicine they give you. Just let the recovery nurse know about your pain, and they will be able to give you something. You may also have what's called a PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) which is a continuous infusion of pain medicine, with a little button that you hold and push whenever you feel pain, giving you alot of control over your pain relief. Don't worry, it will only let you push the button so much, every so many minutes, so you won't overdose.

Some also have an epidural, depending on the type of surgery you have. It is a catheter inserted next to your spinal cord in your lower back that gives you a continuous infusion of pain medicine and anesthesia.

Hope this helps! I'm not a doctor, but I do have a lot of experience with recovery (I work in an open heart recovery unit)

Erin
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Unread 06-15-2004, 08:17 PM
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Well, that is one of the major things that concerned me before, also. I was told that whenever you're given a general anesthetic, you have a breathing tube inserted. I just tried not to think about it, knowing it would be inserted after I was asleep and removed just as I was waking up, when I wouldn't remember it. And, I don't! They say that some people have a little sore throat from it afterward, but I didn't. About the pain upon awakening- well, yea, it hurts some. You've just had some major stuff done. I had a vertical incision and had everything possible removed! My doctor said I had him cracking up as I came out of the anesthesia- he told me that as I was waking up, I just kept saying "ow, ow, ow, ow, ow" over and over! He thought it was hilarious, but I'm sure I was hurting! I don't really remember that either, though! I DO remember using my little self-medicating button several times during the first 24 hours only (I didn't need it after that) and getting ibuprofen 800's every 6 hours, but although yes, it did hurt, I swear it wasn't nearly as bad as I had built it up to be. I'm 3 weeks out now, and am still a little sore and tired, but SO very glad I did it and that it's all over. You will be too. Take care, and I'll be thinking about you.
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