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Unread 01-03-2012, 05:03 PM

I've read a lot of posts where women talk about getting an epi or spinal before surgery. When I went in the first time for surgery they never said anything about that. I REALLY don't want one. I've got back problems and I just really don't like the idea of it. Do I have to have one?
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Unread 01-03-2012, 05:09 PM
Re: Epidural?

I'm unsure of your doc. But mine gave me the option of having general anesthesia or an epidural. I was so set against a epi. myself but my SIL (who is a RN) convinced me of its benefits. I am leaning to ward it but as I am deathly afraid of needles. I don't know if I can do it. That would be a good question to ask at pre-op.
Unread 01-03-2012, 05:11 PM
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So would you be awake with the epidural? My surgery is supposed to take something like 4 hours so I don't know that I would be able to.
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Unread 01-03-2012, 05:36 PM
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No to my understanding they will still put you to sleep, it is just to help with pain management as they put some pain meds along with the normal epi.
Unread 01-03-2012, 05:39 PM
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Ah. I can live withou it then. But I'll talk to my oc about it.
Unread 01-03-2012, 06:17 PM
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I didn't want an epidural because I don't like the idea of a catheter leading to my spinal chord and the potential problems associated with that. BUT I was offered a spinal block, which is a single injection at the base of the spine - no catheter. After some consideration, I went for the spinal block and it was great.

With the spinal block the anesthesiologist uses less general and - in theory - you wake up faster. I didn't, but since my surgery was in the late afternoon, I just dozed on and off through the night and no worries.

What the spinal block did do for me: It lasts several hours and eased my transition from IV pain meds to oral. I had an almost pain free recovery. I wouldn't hesitate if offered again.

Johdeerecrazy - You shouldn't see the needle coming (at least I didn't) and to be honest, I don't remember a thing after being prepped for it. I think that's part of it's charm.
Unread 01-03-2012, 08:11 PM
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McLila- That is def. one to ad to my pre-op questions. Thanks for making me see the lighter side of it.
Unread 01-03-2012, 09:49 PM
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Belive it or not alot of dr.s do that personally i have panaic attacks and my dr was kinda scared lol he had me put completly under. You have a choice in how they do it choose whats best for you not him!
Unread 01-03-2012, 10:09 PM
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My doc didn't even mention that option.
Unread 01-03-2012, 10:20 PM
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I dont know what it is but I just have this huge mental thing about a needle in my back. I preferred pain to an epidural having children and don't regret it at all, so I think I will still probably forgo it.

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