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Unread 01-13-2005, 06:46 AM

Good Morning Ladies!

I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about having an epideral instead of general anesthesia. I went to see my GP for a sinus infection and she recommended this as she has had 2 c-sections - 1 with general and 1 with epideral and suggested the latter would be a better experience. My OB/GYN is a man and has never discussed this with me. My GP said the trama and pain would be less with the epideral. I would appreciate any suggestions or info on this. I am going for my pre-op on 1/18 and have a TAH on 1/25.

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Unread 01-13-2005, 06:51 AM

Hi smoothie

I've moved your post here from the Options/Alternatives message board. Since you are scheduled for surgery, this is the message board where you should post so that you'll get the support and information you need.

Be sure to read the Checkpoints and Pre- and Post-Op Articles for lots of helpful information. You'll find the links by clicking the Hysterectomy Info link near the top/left side of the page, under the Hyster Sisters logo.

Best wishes for your upcoming surgery!

Unread 01-13-2005, 07:47 AM

Good morning Smoothie,
I have had both types of anesthesia, both for c-sections. My experience with the general you are groggy <sp> and alittle out of it for a good part of the day. With the epidual you are more alert although the pain meds will make you sleepy. The only thing I didn't like about the epidral was , not being able to move a good portion of my body made me panicky for some reason. I knew it was caused by the epidural but still freaked me out. Made me feel like I couldn't breath. But this is just my experience someone elses will be totally different. I think all in all the epidural is easier to recover from. Good luck to you.
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Unread 01-13-2005, 02:36 PM

I've read about women having a hysterectomy with an epidural and "light sedation", which is more than with a c-section. So although you're not completely under, you're not exactly alert, either.

I had general with my hysterectomy. I figured I didn't want to feel as though nurses and doctors had to entertain me or inform me as things were happening, and I thought it would just be weird to be awake for something like that. In fact, when I mentioned it, my doc just said, "Do you REALLY want to be awake for this?" And I said, "No." So the decision was made.

Hope this helps!
Unread 01-13-2005, 03:16 PM

Welcome smoothie,,

I had posted the same question about a spinal, and twilight sleep. So, go down a few threads and check out the replys. I hope I can go that way. I am 56, overweight with a lung condtion called sarcoidosis.. Really does not bother me too much. I still have no date for my surgery.. so I sit, and let my imagination go wild, and scare the dodo out of me. Then I laugh at myself.. Anyway, I hear that is a good way to go. good luck

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