Hi I am having a hysterectomy next month and am wondering what is used for anesthesia?Im so terrified of going under. Does anyone have any imput on this procedure? pain, recovery etc. Thanks
Are you able to pinpoint just what it is about the anesthesia that is terrifying you? I've had 8 surgeries and 6 epidurals for my back pain over the years. I can tell you that anesthesia has come a long way from 30 years ago. I had no nausea or other major complications following my last surgeries. In fact, I was given a newer anesthestic agent called Diprovan for my epidurals. It is short acting and as long as it is infusing you are out. When it is stopped you wake up. Wonderful stuff--no side effects. I was on my feet, had breakfast, and out the door within an hour of coming out of the procedure room.
I had a hysterectomy 15 years ago and was worried because I had heard about how painful the recovery was. Well, I'm here to tell you that mine wasn't. I hardly had any pain. I was on PCA for a day and a half and then Vicodin. Within a week I was really feeling comfortable and didn't need anything for pain. Compared to the thyroidectomies I had where I had pain for up to 4 months after the surgeries, the hysterectomy was a piece of cake. I was sad to see the catheter go because I had to finally get up and go to the bathroom. It was so nice to just lie in bed and not worry about having to get up to pee. I had some vaginal drainage for just a couple of days--it was very slight.
A long time ago I decided that if something went wrong and I died on the operating table it was one of the better ways to go. You're asleep and would never know what was going on anyway. All that happened was that I felt a kind of warm feeling all over as I was given whatever medication it was to put me to sleep and the next thing I remember was someone calling my name and telling me to open my eyes. You could ask the nurses over in the Surgery Forum, but I think that Fentanyl and Versed are used a lot. Contrary to what is on the TV and in the movies, I had no dreams or near death experiences where you meet spirits while you are under. I've been a nurse for 30 years and never had a patient that had any of these either.
Last edit by Daytonite on Jan 23, '06