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Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Wed May 29, 2002 11:12 am

I'm curious. Have you ever had surgery? What kind of surgery was it? Did it hurt a lot and how was the recovery? Were you really nervous before the surgery and if so, was it worse or not as bad as what you thought? I was just wondering because I've never had surgery and don't really know what it would be like. I imagine that I would be very nervous beforehand. I don't know why, but I think I would. Anyway, thanks for your response!


I'm not having surgery. This wasn't to find out what to expect. Just curiosity.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Wed May 29, 2002 12:24 pm

The only surgery I've ever had was for having my tonsils taken out in 1963.
There was that other slight incident several years ago that involved a large bullet passing through my chest. All I remember of that though is waking up the next day.

No surgery doesn't hurt. It's waking up that does. In the case of my GSWT&T, it was dragging my ass out of bed four days later and walking outside that really hurt. I learned to despise morphine in those 4 days
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Wed May 29, 2002 1:09 pm

About 5 or 6 years ago I was sleeping on Halloween night. Sometime around midnight I rolled over the bar and onto the floor on my bunk beds. I was on top. It hurt so bad I couldn't go back to sleep. My mom took me to the hopital the next morning. After having a CAT scan done the doctor realized that I had ruptured my spleen!! Emergency Surgery was to be performed right away. Only bad thing was the spleen doctor wasn't in town. I almost got flown to Denver(from a small mountain town) in one of those flight for life helicopters. Unfortunatly the doctor drove back. Two and a half hours after arriving at the hospital I was under the knife. I was only 10 years old at the time and I remember being quite scared. But I made it. Got to miss almost 2 weeks of school because of it. Luckily I didn't have to do any physical therapy.

I have had a few other surgeries but don't have the time to write about them now.

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Wed May 29, 2002 2:29 pm

Ask me again after June 11th. I'm having knee surgery...ACL reconstruction. Might be 4 weeks before I can drive....lot's of rehab and physical thearpy. Supposedly it's an outpaitent overnight stay in the hospital. I'm not too worried about the surgery...just worried about how difficult the recovery will be.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Wed May 29, 2002 2:45 pm

I hope it all works out for you Don, especially the recovery! Good luck....  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 3:11 am

Not that this is a contest or anything, but I've had eleven surgeries in my life. Eight on my left hand (birth defect), one laparoscopy, and one involving major renovation of my mouth (eight teeth extracted in one sitting.)

Depending on what the surgery is, it can produce anything from minor discomfort to severe pain. I've been through the spectrum of that. My hand surgeries produced moderate-to-severe pain because they involved bone reconstruction (I got morphine in the hospital, Tylenol with Codeine #3 at home); the laparoscopy was uncomfortable but not particularly painful (I wasn't given any prescription painkillers); my teeth produced a lot of pain and in hindsight I should have asked for a prescription, but instead I just took extra-strength Tylenol.

General anesthesia generally produces a "blank spot" in the mind's timeline... You might remember everything from the moment you're put under to soon after you open your eyes after surgery, and might also have the sense that some time passed. The goal of general anesthesia is not only to make you unconscious, immobile, and without pain, but also to keep you from remembering the surgery.

If you have a local or regional anesthetic, and the surgery is going to be longer than fifteen minutes or so, you'll probably be given a sedative as well. When I had the surgery on my teeth I was given lidocaine shots in my jaws and sedated with nitrous oxide (laughing gas.) I was awake the whole time but pretty mellowed out. Unfortunately I cannot tolerate Valium so most of my surgeries required general anesthesia even though some could have been done under regional anesthesia.

Any other questions? Ask me: I know a lot about anesthesia for a layperson since I've had both personal experience and I used to volunteer in a hospital recovery room.

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 3:25 am

I had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Got my gall bladder yanks out at about 25 years old. It was a snap. Outpatient surgery. Had it done on Friday, back to work on Monday.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 4:09 am

when I was 10 I had plastic surgery on my ears to correct "Dumbo ears" where my ears stick out real far like an elephants...In October I had my wisdom teeth pulled, I had a local plus a sedative for that, and I will be having LASIK or a similar procedure on my eyes when I am old enough..

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 5:22 am

Good luck with your ACL recovery.I know somebody who tore his twice,exactly a year apart!Not fun
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 10:13 am

I've had my wisdom teeth out and two nose surgeries. I was pretty out of it and don't remember much. Just take the pain meds they give you and you'll sleep through the recovery. I'm terrified of every being operated on in my "gut" area though....I would die if I ever had to have a C-section!!!
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 10:45 am

I've witnessed a few surgeries and recoveries myself, with some interesting stories.

Let's start with the open-heart surgery, where the patient was in for a triple bypass. I think the worst part of it was when the surgeon cracked and open his rib cage, that wet, cracking sound is like something out of a horror movie, and the smell from the cauterizer is not the greatest thing either (ladies, its like when your hair get caught in the dryer and burns, only a lot worse). The surgery went pretty well except the heart didn't want to start and it took a few jolts to get it working properly. I'm sure the recovery from a surgery like that is a bit painful.

I also got to observe a gall-bladder removal using the new minimally-invasive techniques where they insert a camera and instruments directly into your belly). Patient was one smooth customer, his heart rate never jumped over 80 during the prep, according to his chart he's had 5 previous stays in the OR so I guess he knew what to expect. They just take those instruments and forcebly punch them right though the belly, but I assume the recover is naturally less painful than if they actually cut it open.

I've seen the recovery in the ICU of a 600 pound man who had just completed a gastric bypass (shrunk the size of his stomach so he eats less, losses weight fast). As he woke up, he was in a tremendous amount of pain. He kept trying to pull his breathing tube out, and was acting agressive, so we had to restrain him. He broke one of the nurses hands in the process. took over half an hour and 12.5 cc's + of morphine and painkillers to get him somewhat calm. Think they ended up lashing him to the bed.

also seen people on permanent kidney dialysis, they are not happy customers. One gentleman in the ICU had stomach ulcers that burst open, and yielded a massive infection in his abdomen. Last I saw he was suffering from liver and kidney failure, with the flesh around his surgical incisions turning green, and fluid leaking from all over his body. I assume by now he is dead, or at least hope so, as that is no way to spend your last few days.

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 11:34 am

Had nerve repair surgery done on my hand. It didn't make too much of a difference though. I still can't feel much with my left part of my left thumb-its all tingly, and it still hurts up till today sometimes and acts really weird. My left hand gets sore a lot, especially if I play sports, which I avoid doing now becuase of the pain. It stings and has a strange sensitivity to certain metals too (just the thumb area). I also had my wisdom teeth pulled, but I don't thing thats a real surgery. Yeah, surgery's no fun. I observed a rotator cuff repair surgery once in the O.R., and a knee arthroscopy. My uncle is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and when I was up in atlanta last summer for a leadership forum on medicine at Emory University, he let me come with him to surgery (he lives in atlanta). Really interesting.

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 11:40 am

I broke my hand a few years ago, the doctor needed to put a pin in, so that it would heal normally. Before the surgery, I wasnt that nervous, you realize there are people out there a lot worse off than you. Besides, they knocked me out, and it was over in what seemed like a minute.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 11:58 am

I used to play hockey so I've been under the knife quite a few times. I've had surgery on my knees beofre for a busted kneecap and oral surgery to clean out the teeth fragments remaining from when I lost it. I'm about to get my wisdom teeth pulled out so count that one in the books too.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 12:06 pm

I've had a fairly major stomach surgery and also had my gall bladder removed in a laproscopic procedure. In both cases, the pain of the incision was less of an annoyance than the affects of anaesthesia and having a catheter in my johnson.
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 1:02 pm

I had my appedndix out when I was 12. I got a bad side ache and felt like I had to take a crap, so my dad, whos a doctor, decided we needed to go for a blood check. The day before the start of spring break. That really sucked. I was a little scared. The anesthesia hurt bad when it went into my arm (IV type) and when you start to go out, it feels like your trying to breath, but I couldn't. I fought it and it was really scary, like drowning. Then I woke up and was sick. I had dry heaves for 8 hours and after all your stomach muscless have been cut, yeh, throwing up hurts. Laughing, sneezing, coughing, etc all felt like fire in my stomack. My friends thought it was funny to make me laugh. Then i got sick on the morphine. That surgery sucked, but at least I can say Ive been under the knife.

The worst hospital situation was in was last year in march. My grandmother, in houston texas, fell off some stairs at the galleria there. It broke her neck and killed her, but she got revived. The sad thing was, no one stopped to help her. She was in the ICU for 6 days, but no brain activity. WE had to watch her die. That was pretty rough, watching me grandma gasp for air. Sucky.

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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:11 pm

I had wisdom teeth removal under general anesthesia--thankfully, I didn't remember a thing. It was about 3 days before I could fully open my mouth again, but I was none the worse for wear. My friend had his appendix out a few months ago--the cool part was that they did it arthroscopically!
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RE: Have You Ever Had Surgery?

Fri May 31, 2002 5:11 am

I was born with a clef palate, so I can almost use surgeries to tell time.
-surgeries immediately after I was born to repair lip and palate - temporarily
-birth defect fucked up my ears, so several outpatient and non-outpatient procedures to cut (eustation tubes inop) and repair (eustation tubes operating-tympangioplasty-15, 16 yrs. old) eardrums
-surgery to build up (literally) a canyon in palate with bone from hip-had to relearn to walk after that one, practically (10 yrs. old)
-final surgery to repair severely deviated septum and give better form to extremely misshapen nose - marginally successful (17 yrs. old)

Combination of good doctors and me responding well to anethesia made my surgery experiences very positive. Ear problems, though, between surgeries sucked. I probably, also, have a higher tolerance for pain than the average Joe, too.

I blame my medical problems for my interest in aviation. Air Force brat>travel long distances to specialized doctors (5 pacific X'ings before 5 years old, Southwest LAS-SAT a lot).

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