I'm a nursing student, but I'm also a patient. I have Von Willebrand's disease and am scheduled for a hysterectomy next Wednesday. During my pre-op admission stuff, the RN told me that they use an intrathecal injection of Duramorph in addition to Versed for anesthesia in hysterectomies. I'm concerned about any possibility of spinal bleeding with an intrathecal and would rather be put under general anesthesia, but understand the reasoning behind a less aggressive anesthesia.
Anyone have any experience with Von Willebrand patients and the best type of anesthesia or any recommendations of places to look for answers.
I will talk with the anethesiologist on the day of the surgery, but would like to be informed before asking questions.