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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:08 PM
Tube down throat

Hi everyone,
I have been reading the post on pre opt a lot and it has helped me to feel better, but would like to know if everyone that has a hysterectomy has to have a tube down the throat. I would really appreciate knowing. Just want to say this is the best site i have seen, because it does so much good for so many. Thank each and everyone of you for all that you are doing.
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Unread 04-28-2002, 08:17 PM
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HI, Lostinwa,

If you have general anesthesia with your hysterectomy, you will be intubated (which involves having a flexible plastic endotracheal tube placed in your airway.) Some hysterectomies are done with epidural or spinal anesthesia, and those don't involve intubation, normally.

Anesthesiologists are highly trained and skilled medical specialists, who spend years learning their profession. The vast majority of surgeries are done without any complications, as far as anesthesia is concerned. I've placed my life in the hands of anesthesiologists several times, and I've found them to be extremely caring and professional.

Before surgery, you'll have a chance to meet your anesthesiologist, and to ask questions. I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Unread 04-28-2002, 08:49 PM
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If you have a tube during surgery, you'll never know it. You might wake up with a slight sore throat, that's all. Knowing about the tube kinda wigged me out but I never even saw it in the OR.

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Unread 04-28-2002, 09:08 PM
Tube Schmoob

I agree - they do the tube after you're asleep and it's out before you wake up - I've never even felt the slight sore throat they say might be a side effect.

Helen is right - the 'A' docs are really great - be sure and let them know any and all questions and concerns you have. They can help you understand and can do a lot to help you deal with them. Sometimes it's even helpful to call the 'A' dept at the castle ahead of time and talk with them about your concerns.

Best of luck

Unread 04-28-2002, 09:09 PM
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I had a spinal, largely to avoid the tube down the throat that comes with a general. I figured the whole thing was invasive enough without that. I know it doesn't bother most people, but I just couldn't stand the idea. I was very happy with the spinal, but I did get a happy shot first to help me relax. Even though my TVH was technically elective, when it comes down to a quality of life issue, sometimes it doesn't feel like you have much choice. Choosing the method of anesthesia made me feel like I had more control.

Good luck!
Unread 04-29-2002, 12:15 AM
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I also had a general, and had no clue when they intubated me, I was out like a light. Freaked out for weeks about be put under, but when the word came down that a spinal or epidural was not an option, I had to go along with what the surgical team decided. I did cry all the way to the OR, but talking to the anesthesiologist in the holding area made me feel somewhat better. Had no sore throat, but my voice was raspy and I was sooooooo thirsty from the anesthetic. No nausea or vomiting, they gave me medicine before surgery and it worked great.

Now, to be a little off topic here...why do they still consider most hysts 'elective' surgery?? Chronic anemia can lead to horrendous stress on the internal organs. Huge fibroids and masses can lead to prolapse, rectocele, cystocele, and displace other internal organs. Having a sudden heavy bleed can cause unconsciousness, which isn't a real good thing if you're behind the wheel or something.

If it was a guy complaining of these kinds of problems, would not only be deemed necessary, but an emergency!!
Unread 04-29-2002, 04:41 AM
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I was kinda worried about that as well. I had general and I knew that it would be done. I was so happy from the "happy juice" they gave me, I moved onto the OR table and remember the mask of O2, then, I was in recovery. No sore throat for me!

It will be okay. I was more scared about what my veins would do, yup, they hid and ran when they saw the needles. They don't like being poked!

Unread 04-29-2002, 06:11 AM
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Yes They do do the tube...I had it they said I would but I didnt feel it go in or out..They had it out beofe I woke up...My throat felt a little scratchy ffom it but nothing painful..It is to help you breath..They were teasing with me and the other nurses about the drug guy being cute and I was in the middle of saying something and off I went.......

It will be fine...
Unread 04-29-2002, 06:17 AM
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Yep, if you have a general you will have a tube down your throat it helps you breath. But like everyone else says, you won't even know it is there.

I have had 4 surgerys with the tube down my throat, and only once did I have the sore throat, only because I woke up right away in the recovery room before they had a chance to take it out, and I started coughing, and I think that is what made it sore.

But now adays they are good with what they do. I was surprised how much everyone is up on the pain control thing, and making a patient feel comfortable. Totally different from my past surgeries years ago.

You won't even know it.

Unread 04-29-2002, 06:31 AM
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You have gotten some great replies here...just want to add my ...

Even though the details of our surgeries are very frightening to US, they are routine for the OR staff & doctors. Just try to remember that although a tube down your throat sounds icky, it is there to make sure you keep breathing without any problems. This is a GOOD thing!

I know that I obsessed over every weird detail...but in the end, you close your eyes for a "minute" and open them a "minute" later (literally, that is what it feels like) and then you realize that it's OVER. Try to keep the details in will be fine!

Talk to your doctor and let him/her explain the OR procedures that will be used for might help to know exactly what's ahead, even though you won't be aware of it.



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