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General anesthesia or a spinal block? General anesthesia or a spinal block?

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Unread 03-01-2012, 01:40 PM
General anesthesia or a spinal block?

I'm scheduled for a Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy removing uterus, cervix & ovarian tubes March 20th due to uterine fibroids, Adenomyosis, and retroverted uterus. I'll be letting my cervix go due to precancerous conditions in the past although my papp is now clear. I love the specialist my family Dr.'s PA recommended me to & uses herself. After getting my referral to the specialist I was terrified before my initial appt. All of the information I had previously found on line were horror stories. I had my specialist appt yesterday and had 2 pages of questions. She took the time to go above and beyond answering my questions as well as giving me the HysterSisters booklet "What 100,000 Women Kow About Hysterectomy". This booklet answered so many questions for me that I had not thought about as well as brought up new ones I will be asking the specialist during my pre op appt. Thank you HysterSisters!
I will not have my pre op appt and pre surgery clinic until mid March. The specialist said I could have general anesthesia or a spinal block. I'm scheduled for general anesthesia but am considering spinal block. Has anyone ever had a spinal block for a hysterectomy? I've never had a spinal block before and with my pre surgery clinic appt not being for a couple weeks I would like to get opinions on this from ladies who have had it done. I'm looking forward to living pain free.
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Unread 03-01-2012, 09:41 PM
Re: General anesthesia or a spinal block?

I had an epidural and general anesthetic with my TAH, per recommendation of my anesthesiologist. I would do that again in a heart beat. She used less anesthetic that way and I woke up quicker. Pain meds for the first 18 hours were administered through the tubing.

Good luck..

Unread 03-01-2012, 09:54 PM
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Hi! I had an epidural and general anesthesia. I too had never had a spinal so I was REALLY freaked on it, but for me, it was not a big deal at all!! Good luck to you!!! :-)
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Unread 03-02-2012, 12:14 AM
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I had epideral on the 16 th. I would never have again. Yes I woke up right away. I did not vomit. But when they removed epideral mess. The next day I had sever bladder irritation that I was unawarevof that lead to a severe kidney issue. It felt like someone kicked me in the back on both sides for at least seven days. Then I had pain in the insertion area to my but. I really think it severeily slowed or stopped my bowels. I drank the bowl prep for two days along with stool softeners. Then I took laxatives. Finally after 10 days I have some relief. I had general anasesia before and didn't have any issues like this. If I could do it again I would insist on general. Its more work for the dr team but what the hell.
Unread 03-02-2012, 12:44 AM
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Oh poor thing...that sounds terrible!! I'm so sorry you had such a bad experience!!! Did they give you the anesthesia with the epidural or just the epidural?
Unread 03-02-2012, 12:52 AM
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Anasthesia and epideral....
Unread 03-02-2012, 01:07 AM
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I had epi and anesthetic, I would do it again in a heart beat, no pain at all the entire time I was admitted, putting the epidural in didn't hurt that much at all, and taking it out was a breeze.

No nausea, I was never really groggy, and I could still walk around and get some exercise to help the gas issues

Best thing ever!
Unread 03-02-2012, 07:35 AM
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I had SAH with a spinal and was sedated down. I also had a pelvic block. The anesthesiologst said they were having great results with that technique. The wake up process was much easier, the pain was managed well, and I wasn't as out of it. The spinal wore off in a few hours, the pelvic block slowly wore off in about 24 hours. I would do a spinal again in a heartbeat.
Unread 03-02-2012, 10:13 AM
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I had a spinal block and anesthesia. I've never had any problem with anesthesia. After I woke up I itched horribly and threw up once. I'm guessing it was the spinal block because I had never had one for. However, I had no pain at all until the next morning. I didn't take any pain medicine all night. Even with the itching and getting a little nauseated, I would do it that way again
Unread 03-02-2012, 11:30 AM
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Thank you for all of the feed back. I am seriously considering the spinal block now and will be discussing it with my my surgeon and anesthesiologist. I have had general anesthesia 3 times in the past and I had issues with my hair falling out each time. I would be willing to deal with nausea and vomiting right after if it will keep my hair from falling out. Beth L's spinal block with sedation and pelvic block is sounding good to me. What is the difference between a spinal block and a pelvic block?

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