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  #21  
Unread 01-03-2002, 02:43 PM
Hi

It is a question I think we all ask, what would be better spinal or general. It is more what you would be comfortable with.

All I can tell you is what I went through. I am 4 weeks post op.
The doctors tryed to do a spinal on me several (6) times, but they couldnt find the space between the vertebrae (hope thats right spelling) to numb the area. After trying for awhile they said that I must be getting tired of them poking my back, and said they would just use the general. When I woke I didnt have a morphine pump, I was told it was due to having a TVH. But the pain wasnt to bad.

So sometimes even through you have picked to have a spinal, it might not work sometimes.

Take Care
JudyS
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  #22  
Unread 01-03-2002, 03:35 PM
Anesthesia

I must say, with all the experiences of the "sisters", I am truly leaning towards the direction of the spinal. I had a hernia repaired about 7 years ago using a local and was up for the entire surgery, though they had difficulty numbing me. About an hour after surgery, I went home and I was fine. Eleven years ago, I had nasal surgery using general anesthesia. I was not nausated but I couldn't find a place for myself. I felt as if my body was creeping out of my skin. My son on the otherhand, with the same surgery, threw up for several hours, not a good thing.

I am a person who needs to be in control at all times, though I don't want to be awake during the surgery. This is major surgery, unlike my other operations. When I gave birth to my first son 23 years ago, after 28 hours of labor, I chose to have an epidural because I was exhausted. It was a breeze after that.

So you see why I am having difficulty making this decision. I just don't want to be sick after surgery. I'll have other things to deal with, why add something I can avoid?

You all are just great. Thanks!
  #23  
Unread 01-03-2002, 04:09 PM
Anesthesia

Excellent post, Judy. I had forgotten to mention that even with the best of intentions, some things don't go as planned. I have heard your story from others who said the same thing about non-successful spinals. And, when I had some surgery to repair a tear from delivering a big baby, I had an epidural. The doctor and anesthesiologist said, "please know that if things don't go the way we want, we will have to do a general."

They did NOT have to do a general--things went fine.

PS--Shegot--I am a control freak as well. That is one reason I don't drink or use drugs or anything--I cannot STAND not to be in complete control of my body. That sounds weird, but that's how I am.

When I had surgery 8.5 years ago, I was SO out of it. It was AWFUL. I stressed that to the anesthesiologist (that I couldn't stand to be out of it). Whatever they used, I was not out of it. When I awakened in my own hospital room, I was very much aware of things.

BUT--remember--MY experience won't necessarily be yours. It really depends on your relationship and communication with the doctors!
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