naked during surgery?

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    Hi all,

    I am not in the medical profession but i thought this was a good place to ask this question.

    I am having back surgery (a microdiscechtomy i think its called)
    anyway its my L-5 disc thats getting worked on.
    My question is am I going to be completely naked on the operating table at the surgery center? If so who is in the operating room?

    I am 35 now but when i was 17 i had a lower g.i. done and even though I was in a gown due to the procedure I was basically nude from the waist down for about 30-45 minutes and the 2 nurses where at the end of the table directly in view of my...manhood, the whole time they were giggling smiling and blushing. At the time I didnt care I was young and to be honest I am above average size down there. Which after the doctor left and I was changing in the bathroom I heard them even comment on it.

    However now I know it was the most humilating experience of my life.
    Another time when I was getting a physical for football I had to go to a female doctor for it, and during the drop your pants turn your head and cough, she was laughing with a big smile on her face and did a alot of fondling down there.
    Because of this I do not want to get this surgery done even though I cant even bend over to tie my shoes.
    I have nothing against female nurses, but as you have read I seem to be getting the immature, unprofessional, we don't care about a mans dignity, female nurses
    Am I going to fully naked again? Who is in the room besides for the doc?

    Thanks for the help.
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    Have you discussed this with your doctor?

    Many women in your circumstances select female caregivers for greater comfort level. No harm in that.
    leemacaz likes this.
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    Request an all male staff! Its unfortunate that there are people who
    call themselves "professionals" . Had that been me I'd lodge a complaint with the state board of nursing and administration. How would they feel
    if you stood there while they get a pap smear and snicker at them. It really is disturbing that there is a double standard in healthcare but I
    do believe things are changing.
    leemacaz and MassED like this.
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    troll, you will be face down for the surgery if they are working on your back.

    no more bragging...
    Batman24, so alive LPN, ShannonRN09, and 20 others like this.
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    Canoe, I soooo agree with you!
    Last edit by BinkieRN on Jul 23, '08
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    Quote from onegreatdancer
    Request an all male staff! Its unfortunate that there are people who
    call themselves "professionals" . Had that been me I'd lodge a complaint with the state board of nursing and administration. How would they feel
    if you stood there while they get a pap smear and snicker at them. It really is disturbing that there is a double standard in healthcare but I
    do believe things are changing.
    Interesting first post...This is not a nurse bashing forum! Nurses do not get off on seeing the male/female genitals of patients. It's not like the lights are low, the candles are lit and the wine is chilled. It's a professional clinical setting and that's how we behave. Shame on you!
    Mara123RN, becembrie, nrsang97, and 2 others like this.
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    As for the original question of "who will be in the room and will you be exposed" Generally there is an anesthesiologist, the surgeon, their assistant, a surgical technologist, and an RN some places may have two RN's or a nurse assistant (you can ask your Dr what the "norm" is at your facility). As stated before you will be lying on your stomach for this procedure so there is no reason your genitalia should be exposed, however your buttocks may be exposed during positioning , but should be able to be mostly covered during the procedure (again you can ask your Dr how things are done at your facility.

    As for the behavior of the nurses who care for you in the past, in my opinion that was unprofessional behavior, but please don't let that be the basis of you view of all nurses. One of the first things we are taught is maintain patient dignity always. Hopefully you will have a better experience this time around.
    talaxandra likes this.
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    I gave the OP some good honest advice. Something wrong with that? I
    suggest you read the thread on WHOA...INAPPROPRIATE. I'm sure that
    you would have a different perspective. There is nothing wrong with a
    patient wanting to be comfortable in any medical procedure. Just as
    women desire the same gender caregiver many men are demanding the
    same. I have been at the recieving end of unprofessional behavior by
    female nurses so please don't tell me those things don't happen,they
    do!
    claybob, leemacaz, JohnnysGirl, and 3 others like this.
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    clothing is generally removed to gain access to the surgical site and to keep it sterile. Usually we drape individuals to maintain modesty. Some surgeries do not require the patient be completely unclothed. This is a question for your surgeon. If surgery is necessary modesty is of less concern than permanent disability. However, the healthcare professionals SHOULD honor your requests for modesty at all times.
    leemacaz and MassED like this.
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    This thread completely explains why I wish allnurses.com was not included in big search engines.

    I understand that it is profitable for the owner to do so ... but the frequency of posts from those unaffiliated with the nursing profession is increasing at, IMHO, an unacceptable rate.
    Mara123RN, kiyasmom, queenjean, and 2 others like this.


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