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Offline missylizzylucy

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anasthesia advice?
« on: January 28, 2005, 07:13:51 PM »
I have surgery coming up on March 21... I have been given the option between general anasthesia and an epidural with twilight medicine. Any advice??
I am leaning toward epidural so that I can watch... but can they still knock me out if I get scared??
Thanks in advance!
Lucy
12/98- Left Knee- sprained MCL, abraised medial meniscus, PFS - 8 weeks of PT
12/19/04 - complete PCL tear to right knee
Surgery scheduled for 03/21/05
It's a very sad knee

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Re: anasthesia advice?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2005, 10:55:03 PM »
I have had many of my surgeries using spinal anesthesia. I get so sick from general so I decided to try the spinal instead and I wouldn't go back to general. It is really nice to have the Spinal, a few times I have been complatly awake and the other times I have had sedation which makes me sleepy so I am not aware in the surgery. The last time I had to argue with the anesthelogist to get the spinal, he didn't want to do it, but he did it in the end. The choice is yours to make.
Melanie
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Re: anasthesia advice?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005, 10:59:35 PM »
My doctor has reccomended general for all 3 of my surgeries.  The problem with epidural is that once they give you the medicine, they have to wait for it to wear off... which can be several hours.  With general, they can just stop putting the medicine in you.

My doctor gave me color photos of my surgery... I wanted to watch too!

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Re: anasthesia advice?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2005, 03:17:58 PM »
Thanks for all the advice! I'll let you know what I decide to do, once I go in for the pre-op consult.
Lucy
12/98- Left Knee- sprained MCL, abraised medial meniscus, PFS - 8 weeks of PT
12/19/04 - complete PCL tear to right knee
Surgery scheduled for 03/21/05
It's a very sad knee