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Epidural or General? Epidural or General?

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  #41  
Unread 04-01-2006, 08:50 PM
Epidural or General?

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Originally Posted by *shutterbug*
Congratulations!
Shutterbug, I see you just had your surgery yesterday. I hope all went well and that you're recovering comfortably. In reading your signature, it sounds like what you've been through is almost identical to me; i.e, RSO in 2001 for large ovarian mass, diagnosed with Stage 4 endo, almost 2 years Lupron with add-back, hormones, BCPs, back on Lupron for 3 mos. and now going for the TAH/LSO on April 18th. Please let us know how you're doing when you're feeling up to it, we're all in this together and I'm so thankful we all have each other!
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  #42  
Unread 04-02-2006, 10:25 AM
Epidural or General?

Just for clarification, some anesthesiologist may use the term "light general". You have to ask them what this means.

With general anesthesia the sleep is so heavy that it requires you to be intubated (tube in trachea) and have a respirator breathing for you during surgery. They sedate you so you don't experience the sensations when they administer the drug that paralyzes you, which is why you need the intubation. A lot of patients wake up from general with a sore throat and have trouble with a dry mouth and have oxygen over their face when waking up. After I was wheeled from the O.R. to recovery I remember a recovery room nurse tried to place an oxygen mask over my face and my anesthesiologist said I didn't need it. Bless his heart. :-) I was glad to not need it. The oxygen given to patients waking up from general is to help them wake up.

No breathing tube needed for if you don't have general because the sedation used with a regional (spinal/epidural) is different from the sedation used for general. And with a regional, the level of sedation can be varied (light--just relaxed, medium-groggy, heavy--sleep through it all). Usually they give you versed to sedate patients.
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