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Unread 01-01-2006, 09:13 PM
Surgery was cancelled

My surgery was supposed to be on 12/27 but it was cancelled because I came down with the flu on Christmas and was still running a temp on the 27th. The anesthesiologist had spoken to me that day and said all kinds of things that really frightened me too, like they might chip my teeth, they could pinch a nerve etc while positioning me that could cause me pain, etc upon awakening, she felt I might have GERD so they were going to push hard on my esophagus while putting me asleep to push it to the back of my throat, I might get a blood clot or aspirate or have cardiac arrest and suffer clinical death. This was about 1 hour before the planned surgery. I hadn't eaten in several days because of being sick, doing the bowel prep etc. She had me so scared. I know they need to make you aware that there can be complications during surgery. My doctor had even told me there was the remote possibility of death but did I need all that detail? Its going to be difficult for me to reschedule. Any thoughts?
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Unread 01-01-2006, 09:56 PM
Surgery was cancelled

Yes, there is a chance of death with surgery, and they do need to inform you of this fact. It's too bad that your surgery had to be cancelled, but it sounds as though this was in your best interest. You now have some time to think this over and ask yourself, are the risks of surgery worth taking in order to improve your situation? Answer might be yes, might be no for you. The surgical team will do their very best to bring you through, but any surgery is not without risk, so you have to ask yourself if that risk is worth taking. Good luck with your decision. Try not to stress too much about this, do what is best for you.
Unread 01-01-2006, 10:02 PM
Surgery was cancelled

So sorry you have been ill and that your surgery has been cancelled. Unfortunately, there are risks involved with any surgery and with being put to sleep. Most are very small risks, but they are real none the less. I agree with Gfae--you need to ask yourself are the risks worth it for your circumstances. If that answer is no, then you may wish to not reschedule. Have you talked to your dr about alternatives and options for your situation--maybe there are other choices available for you. We do have a forum with alternatives and options if you are interested: You are a unique individual and need to make the right decision for you, whatever that may be.

Best wishes to you during this time. I hope you are over your illness as well.
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Unread 01-02-2006, 02:19 PM
Surgery was cancelled

I'm so sorry you have been ill, and I hope you are feeling better. It's tough to go through the anticipation of getting to your surgery date and then have it cancelled. I went through that as well. I was scheduled for 12/22 and had it cancelled two days before because of heart problems detected during my pre-op tests.

Will it be hard for you to reschedule because of your fear of the surgery or the inconvenience or both? The other posters are right - you need to decide if the risk (however minimal) is worth it to you. Do you have special risk factors that make some of the issues that the anesthesiologist brought up more likely than the general population? Ask him/her what the likelihood is, because I believe the risk is relatively low. After I got over the emotional turmoil of being "cancelled" (yes, it was in my best interest), I started the work necessary to reschedule because I KNEW I couldn't go on with the way I've been living my life with the way my periods have been (the pain, bloating, and bleeding). But ultimately, you need to make the right choice for you.

Good luck, and know that we are all here for you.
Unread 01-02-2006, 03:13 PM

I know it can be scarey, but they have to tell you everything that can happen. Althought most of it has a low % of ever happening. They have to cover their butts. I have a loose tooth in the back and they told me that it could be hit and go down my throat and I could choke. I wanted to run to the dentist and have him just pull it out. I was afriad of dying, too. Then I thought, well, if I go, I won't know it and I always wanted to go during sleep. I just made sure everybody got their I Love U's. I also had my POA, living wills, etc. in place. This is something we all should have anyway as we could die at anytime, but I think having surgery just puts us into a reality mode. Whatever decision you make, just have your health in mind.
Unread 01-02-2006, 07:35 PM
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Thanks for all the posts. Julie, I think its going to be hard to reschedule because of both the fear and the inconvenience. I had made so many arrangements with work, etc. I had accepted the possibility of death (as rare) but having her detail it, I just didn't have time to digest it all. She even said they would be taping my eyes shut during the surgery. (Did I need to know that?) I think all the visuals she was conjuring up in my mind just overwhelmed me. I almost feel like the fever was bodily intervention to save me. Anyway, I'm just going to take more time to reflect on my condition, my symptoms, how close I am to menopause, the risks and make a decision as to whether or not I want to try again. Thanks to everyone for all the support. This is a special place filled with special people.
Unread 01-02-2006, 09:46 PM
Surgery was cancelled

My doctor told me there is a risk for anything to happen on the operating table. I asked her if she ever had anyone "Expire" on her while she did the surgery, and she told me no. She is an older woman so shes been doing this for a very long time. I was scared, but I knew it had to be done. I just prayed really hard. Im sure you will be just fine !
Unread 01-03-2006, 12:14 AM
Surgery was cancelled

It sounds like you are doing the best thing for YOU and that is the most important thing. After all is said and done, the risks and inconveniences are weighed, it is your life and you are the one living it and you need to make the decision that is right for you. I am glad to hear that is what you are doing. I hope you can get through the feelings of being overwhelmed with all the information you have been given and make the decision that is the best for you. I really feel like I've walked in your shoes because when they cancelled my surgery, they were telling me there might be a problem with my heart and I simply couldn't hear a thing they were saying because I was overwhelmed at that moment! Good luck, and feel free to PM me if you want to talk some more.
Unread 01-03-2006, 11:56 AM
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in there! You need to do what is best for you. If you are uneasy about the surgery, and are not in a life threatening need to make a decision quick situation, then take your time and see if you might find an alternative to fit your needs. s

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