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Unread 05-08-2002, 06:12 PM
Which is safer

I have had a total of three surgeries with general, had a C-section with a spinal, and one epidural for a vag. birth. The generals usually cause sore throat (from the tube) and nausea. With my last general anesthesia, in March, I threw up for a whole day afterward. I was tinkled off to say the least. The spinal was terrific, I had no sedation since I wanted to be there for when my baby came out. The epidural was OK, but the doc who 'removed' the tape afterward took along with it a whole section of epidermis - that bothered me more than my incision in the weeks to come, it was like a burn down my back! I think the problem was the tape he used, I think that type of tape is no longer in use. AT least, I hope it's not!!!!

I think your options depend on your medical history. For instance, if you have reflux, you might need a general for safety, since you could have some problems with aspirating if you lie flat for surgery without a tube in place to protect your airway. That was why I had a general this last time, together with my surgeon wanting to remove a growth with a local and my being EXTREMELY nervous.

If I can, for my hyst I will go for a spinal or epidural with sedation. I might not be able to do it that way, but will see! I like not being so groggy and nauseated and so much easier to recover, even after days and weeks, if you don't have a general. Having general anesthesia seems to just wear me down and make me tired for weeks afterward.

To make a long note short, the anesthesia people will talk to you and figure out what is best for you and help you decide. The information you give them about yourself is important, so be sure to mention everything you can think of, even if you think it's insignificant. Also all the medications you might be taking before surgery.
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