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Unread 01-07-2002, 11:58 AM
Surgery 1-30

Hi- I just found the website and registered. I'm scheduled for first for a d/c -have found a uterine fibroid. Periods have been getting sporadic, spotting intermittently for the last 5-6 years. Doctor (female thank heavens) will test tissue but will go forward with a vaginal hyster. at the time of the d/c - in all probabitlity. I'm so over the mess, the probelms, the issues. She doesn't advise blood donations to self-nor does hospital staff as she is said to be meticulous- and not one woman has needed it. But, I think the hardest thing for me is the darned anesthesia- doing a general- I'm so sensitive to everything, caffeine, alcohol, novocaine, epinephrine- we stopped giving me this in tandem with novocaine when I have my teeth worked on because it's so bad. So.. anyone out there know a lot about the types of anesthesia that I should ask for- I don't have allergies- just am senstive. I had my tubes tied 20 years ago- and I had a miserable time waking up- I swear I had an out of body expereince- I'm getting the medical records sent to help me with this.

Good news I can eat a light preop meal at 4 am since surgery not until 1 pm- so that's helpful. Any hints about what to expect after surgery- doc is saying with vag hyst- two weeks- I'll learn more at the preop on 1/24. I've pulled the questions to ask- anything else I should do? CIK
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Unread 01-07-2002, 03:12 PM
Surgery 1-30

Hi!

About the anesthesia.... many women are sensitive to generals. I personally dislike them for a lot of reasons. I had a spinal anesthesia with my vaginal hyst. It is a small prick to the lower back, to numb your abdominal areas, then a sedative is administered through your i.v. Depending on the amount and type of sedative, you can either be mildly aware or completely out during surgery. I opted for being 'out' and had no side effects coming out of the drugs. I believe the drawback to this type is the length of time that it can be used. So, if your surgery is scheduled beyond a couple of hours, it probably is not an option. There is also an epidural which is similar to the spinal. Unfortunately, I do not have experience with this to tell you more. You could do a search (purple button at the top of the page on 'epidural') Do some more searching and please talk to your doctor about options that may be available. Good Luck!
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Unread 01-07-2002, 03:25 PM
Welcome Sweety!

I agree ask the doctor and the anthesiologist. I have acute asthma and my anthes. discussed this with me and about my fears I had a general and had a little trouble waking but didn't know it until afterwards, but my anthes. stayed by my side like she told me she would and I was fine. I had oxygen for a couple days but even that was gone in no time. I am very senitive to meds also and they know about that so they treat me accordingly. My pharmacy even knows and warns me if something isn't right. I just live with it take the meds if they don't do right then I try something else. My asthma has been the worse. I am on singular and it has helped lots, and believe it or not my surgery helped quite a bit. I am not near as asthmaic as I was before. I still keep my inhaler near by but don't even think about it anymore. God Bless and just keep asking those questions. and for comfort.
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