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Unread 12-06-2005, 05:09 PM
Spinal or General ???

My Ob/Gyn told me the anastheolgist ( sp ) is going to ask me if I want General anasthetic or a spinal. I said no way was I going to be awake for this put me to sleep!!!!!! :eyes:

My question is this, what are the benefits of a spinal ? Why would anyone want to be awake ?

I think that would freak me out too much.
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Unread 12-06-2005, 05:23 PM
Spinal or General ???

There is no way I could have been awake. My surgery should have taken 2 hours with an hour in recovery instead it was 3 hours with 2 hours in recovery. I was happy to be "out" for all of it. Only remember being wheeled into my room. I don't think I had the option of a spinal (wouldn't have taken it anyway).

Good luck and rest, rest, rest.
Unread 12-06-2005, 05:48 PM
Spinal or General ???

I had TVH 12/5. It was explained to me that you are completely out either way. Spinal was not an option for me because I am allergic to morphine.
Good luck!!
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Unread 12-06-2005, 05:48 PM
Spinal or General ???

I'm supposed to be having an epidural for my hyster. They give you something with it so you may not remember anyway? LOL

When I had my ablasion<sp? surgery. I had a spinal with versed <sp? I have such a low tolerence for pain med's. I was out during that surgery. I was out in the recovery room seemed like 5 minutes... ?

I was given general for a D & C before that. I personally did not like the general.

All the best Hugs Galore!
Unread 12-06-2005, 06:07 PM
Spinal or General ???

I wasn't given a choice with my anaesthetic. I had to have an epidural. I was very upset and told the anaesthetist that I didn't want to know anything about it. He explained that I probably wouldn't remember the op because he would use a chemical that erases the memory. Well I remember getting the epidural but didn't feel a thing. They put a sheet up in front of me and all I could see was a silouhette of the 2 Drs doing the op. I remember that they talked about music and I remember hearing music because the radio was on, they even asked if the radio station was o.k. with me. It was. I felt nothing, not even tugging. So it was really alright after all. I believe that the after effects are easier to handle from an epidural rather than a full knock out. It is always best to avoid a general anaesthetic when possible. So please talk to your Dr and make him reassure you about what he will do and why.
Unread 12-06-2005, 06:09 PM
Spinal or General ???

I was given a general for my D&C too and I was sedated ( I was out cold anyways ) for my Hysterscopy. I didn't like the sedation, I felt really sick after, like I wanted to throw up but not with my general.

I am going to take the general I would be much to scared to be awake even if I don't remember anything .. LOL!!!
Unread 12-06-2005, 06:16 PM
Spinal or General ???

Hi Horses 1,
You choose what feels right to you. Don't be bullied by the Dr and go into that operating theatre with as much knowledge as possible. Good luck, I hope it all goes well for you.

Unread 12-07-2005, 03:33 PM
Spinal or General ???

Hi, Horses,

I had the choice and had the general. I had bad nausea the next day, though, maybe from the PCA (morphine IV doses), maybe from the anesthetic. The epidural can be kept going for a day afterward to control pain so you wouldn't need the narcotic. I was told nausea can occur from low blood pressure due to the epidural, too--so who knows? I would say, if you're sqeamish about being aware during the surgery, take the general, and if you have a history of nausea ask for premedication with Zofran.

I am 2 weeks out and doing great. Good luck to you!
Unread 12-07-2005, 04:27 PM
Spinal or General ???

I had a spinal with IV sedation for my TAH, and I don't remember a thing about the surgery. One minute they were giving me the spinal, and it seemed as though the next minute, I woke up in recovery. I had great pain control from the spinal lasting many hours after the surgery. It worked well for me.
Unread 12-07-2005, 05:16 PM
Spinal or General ???

Just because you have a spinal or epidural does not mean you will be awake. You will probably have a conscious sedation drug in the IV. The benefit of the spinal or epidural is that the pain control will still be in effect for much longer than the general. Many people wake up from the general in pain until their controlled pump or pain pills or whatever the Dr. uses kicks in. With the spinal/epidural, this rarely happens. Both kinds can cause nausea and reactions. I had an epdidural during my last C-section and was totally nauseous as well as more dizzy than I have ever been in my life. My doc gave me the seasick patch and I was happy as a clam after that. He is going to give me the patch in advance this time!! Obviously you have to do what you feel most comfortable with, but my experiences direct me right towards the spinal!

Good luck!!

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