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General Anesthesia vs Spinal Blocks
czygyny
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In my upcoming surgery I have the choice between general anesthesia and a spinal block. Both carry risks but it seems to me the spinal block has the lesser risk. Being awake through the procedure would not be for the squeamish, but since I am not, it seems it will be the best bet.

Any preferences amongst those who have experienced both methods?
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I haven't experienced either one, thank goodness, but good luck to you for whichever procedure you decide to embrace!!

Nothing serious I hope!!


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well personally if i am having surgery i would like to be all the way out lol

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Sure you tired to just go with bitting a bullet.chuckle

None the less hope things go well with you.
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czygyny
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HardTruth  Wrote: (03-21-2013 01:54 AM)
I haven't experienced either one, thank goodness, but good luck to you for whichever procedure you decide to embrace!!

Nothing serious I hope!!


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Nothin serious...just a 20 lb ovarian tumor. doomed

Doctor told me today that he thinks there are about five liters of fluid within a nine pound cyst but doesn't appear to be cancerous. There's not much room for anything else in there. The CT scan looks crazy. I like the fact you can get a DVD of the scan nowdays. It fulfills my morbid curiosity.

He assured me I can get some 8 x 10 glossies of the alien invader but I'll have to wait six whole boring weeks before I can lift anything more than a gallon of milk. That is worse than the malady (well, not really, it's tough being a well-stuffed thanksgiving turkey).

I'll be sporting a cool battle scar so I'll never wear a bikini again...not that I ever did to begin with, although, all told, I will have lost 50 lbs when its all over.

It all started about three months after the Dainichi disaster and I live on the west coast. It makes one wonder...
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spinal block could paralyze you :/ I'd go for the sweet dreams

Hugs I hope you feel better soon and make a swift recovery Heartflowers

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czygyny  Wrote: (03-21-2013 01:49 AM)
In my upcoming surgery I have the choice between general anesthesia and a spinal block. Both carry risks but it seems to me the spinal block has the lesser risk. Being awake through the procedure would not be for the squeamish, but since I am not, it seems it will be the best bet.

Any preferences amongst those who have experienced both methods?

On the limited info you give.
I personally would prefer the GA The only risk factors that would make me think otherwise would be pre-existing cardiopulmonary problems.
You will be quite heavily sedated if you go for the spinal option so you still shouldn't know too much about it. Just try not to move about on the table....chuckle
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czygyny  Wrote: (03-21-2013 01:49 AM)
In my upcoming surgery I have the choice between general anesthesia and a spinal block. Both carry risks but it seems to me the spinal block has the lesser risk. Being awake through the procedure would not be for the squeamish, but since I am not, it seems it will be the best bet.

Any preferences amongst those who have experienced both methods?

I had a spinal block years ago because I was 7 months pregnant at the time and there was just no way I was going to allow a general. It was okay but it really isnt for the squeamish or those that are going to flip out at rough handleing. It's very surprising how much force is used in many procedures. And some tools are a bit noisy.

The upside is you get to listen to the music they play in the OR and chit chat. I would opt for a spinal block again, it's nice to know whats going on, in a situation you otherwise wouldnt have a clue about.

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I wouldn't know which is safer. For me, I'd prefer to be out completely. I imagine you might enjoy the experience, if not the procedure.

Whichever you choose, all the best to you.

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Recovery from general was rough for me, made me very nauseated and just overall yucky for a couple of days. Recovery from a spinal was easier overall, but it's a gross thing to have to go through awake. If you go for the spinal, just be sure they give you a good sedative. And, they'll probably add an amnesiac (like versed) which really is not a bad wayto go if you don't care to remember the surgery and the sensations of pulling and pressure that will go along with the removal of the cyst. (I had both types of anesthesia for scheduled c sections, which is probably not too much different than the surgery you face)
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Well, that's a tough one. I'd go with anything other than a spinal. Been there, done that. I had a double lamenectomy with tumor reduction on the spinal cord. L3, L4 and L5 area. Surgery went okay.but went back a few weeks later for a simple nerve block. Ended up with a MRSP staph infection. HORRIBLE!
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Needle and spine are words that don't mix. I would want to be knocked out cold.

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I've only had general anesthesia and coming back from it was pretty awful. I remember being in recovery for a good hour or so with the room spinning, nauseous and vomiting. The vomiting was especially awful since what I had been put under for septoplasty to correct a broken nose healed wrong. I felt like crap for the remainder of that day after my early morning surgery, not from the pain from surgery but from the effects of the anesthesia wearing off. Urinating for a couple days was a royal pain in the ass, had to go but it was a great amount of effort to get anything to come out.
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Hey czy, Idk, I have no advice for you here but your are in my thoughts and prayers.

There are good responses here. Don rush the decision but go with your instinct after gathering all advice.


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czygyny
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Mike!  Wrote: (03-21-2013 02:24 AM)
I've only had general anesthesia and coming back from it was pretty awful. I remember being in recovery for a good hour or so with the room spinning, nauseous and vomiting. The vomiting was especially awful since what I had been put under for septoplasty to correct a broken nose healed wrong. I felt like crap for the remainder of that day after my early morning surgery, not from the pain from surgery but from the effects of the anesthesia wearing off. Urinating for a couple days was a royal pain in the ass, had to go but it was a great amount of effort to get anything to come out.

chuckle Knowing how pugnacious you are I couldn't help to wonder who gave you that broken nose and under what situation.

I'll only be in the hospital a day or two and I'd like to recover as quickly as possible. I've heard a lot about the nausea. Last time I was in a hospital it was to have my tonsils removed at the age of 20. I don't remember much about the immediate recovery but I can tell you it is much easier on a five year old than a 20 year old to have a tonsillectomy.
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