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Henhead
21-02-09, 23:46
I am going on monday for an operation to remove the veins from my legs. I have had bad veins in my legs since I was about 14/15 so have had them 15 years or so. In the last year it has caused ulcers and pigmentaion on the skin on my ankles.

I was meant to go in last Monday, but when I phoned no beds, but to stay on standby, got a call at 11.30 to come in, went in at 12, seen anaesthetist at 1ish, surgeon at 2, marked my legs. Then at 3pm was told to go home, as it was cancelled :( got myself all worked up ready and then nothing.

Never been put to sleep before so a bit nervous, many of you had a general anaesthetic?

lararoxs
21-02-09, 23:51
I have!

Honestly, you have nothing to be worried or concerned about!:) They tell you to relax and lie there. At first you think "Anaesthetic? What Anaesthetic? Pfft!". The next thing you know you wake up! It really is that simple! You cant feel/ tell whats happening in the middle.
:)
After you have done it once, you will wonder why you were ever worried!:)

BlackFlame
21-02-09, 23:53
After you have done it once, you will wonder why you were ever worried!:)


I agree... nothing to worry about at all

jjbennett
22-02-09, 00:01
All you feel is your arm going a little numb and then the next thing you wake up in the bed.

Absolutely nothing to think and worry yourself over.

God Horus
22-02-09, 01:02
Don't worry it's nothing to worry about! I had to have an oral surgery once and I was so worried and I was freaking out and I was just laying there and they were like "relax, you won't feel a thing", but a was so tense! After they give it to you you don't remember much and you really can't think, and when you wake up you feel fine but really tired.

Changeling
22-02-09, 01:24
You don't have anything to worry about! :D Anaesthetic is fine and dandy. I broke my wrist once and I got the anaesthetic and the last thing I could remember was being told to count to 10 and then everything went black... literally what seemed like only 2 seconds later I was waking up in the bed! :p It was as if nothing had happened!

Henhead
22-02-09, 01:44
Thanks guys, has helped. Suppose nerves are natural.

Only good thing is the anaesthetist was a nice man, was South African,was really cool, put me at ease, hope its him again.

Archetype
22-02-09, 10:30
had it recently, its pretty simple, nothing to worry about.

Just get a tap in your hand in which they inject the anesthetic into.

Punaxe
22-02-09, 11:55
If you've never had it before, chances are higher that it'll work :p I only had it in my mouth when they were pulling my teeth, it only gets annoying afterwards when it starts wearing out. Feels so strange :D

Neteru
22-02-09, 12:03
If you've never had it before, chances are higher that it'll work :p I only had it in my mouth when they were pulling my teeth, it only gets annoying afterwards when it starts wearing out. Feels so strange :DThat wasn't general anaesthetic. It was local.

Punaxe
22-02-09, 12:04
That wasn't general anaesthetic. It was local.

Yeah, it was. Just saying. :(

quarrystile
22-02-09, 12:09
Yeah... I guess it is scary the first time round. I do dimly remember my first time, I was anxious too.

BUT, don't worry about it. I have had a general anaesthetic quite a few times since then.

"Count to 10 please"..................

LOL .... I have never, ever, ever got to 6 !!!

:hug:

sandygrimm
22-02-09, 12:13
The worst after a local or general anesthetic is when no one holds your head so you won't move it. 2 weeks and the headaches and the sensation of throwing up wouldn't go away, if you wake up and move your head.

( to those who don't know general anesthezsic is made in the spine and local in just the treated location..in case of a serious accident, while general is for severe or important operations/interventions)

but the anesthetic that just puts you to sleep is harmless. I was told not to eat 6 hours before the sleeping anesthetization, neither to drink, because afterwords I might throw up (but that depends from person to person)

Neteru
22-02-09, 12:18
Yeah, it was. Just saying. :(I know you were. :) But there is a big difference.

Anyway, I had to think about this (how many times) but yes, I've been under general anaesthetic more than once and each was a different experience.

TRfan23
22-02-09, 12:38
I had an anaesthetic over open heart surgery, pulmonary atresia it was. Once when I was 23 hours old. The other when I was about 12, for a replacement pulmonary valve as my old one had leakage, (when closed blood was still pumping through when it shouldn't). Then again I've had 5 catheters approx in my life, also Appendicitis, general anaesthetic over them to. You have nothing to worry about, trust me :tmb:

You don't really remember seeing anything, after you wake up.

I was told not to eat 6 hours before the sleeping anesthetization, neither to drink, because afterwords I might throw up (but that depends from person to person)

That's for all general anesthetics. But I know why your not supposed to really eat (6 hours) or drink (3 hours) before the anaesthetic, it's incase you vomit during the surgery and so choke on your own vomit ;) From what I've been told.

Neteru
22-02-09, 13:40
^Are you on Warfarin by any chance?

sandygrimm
22-02-09, 14:10
That's for all general anesthetics. But I know why your not supposed to really eat (6 hours) or drink (3 hours) before the anesthetic, it's in case you vomit during the surgery and so choke on your own vomit ;) From what I've been told.

Vomit DURING surgery? Aren't you supposed to be sleeping? or out cold?
They told me it was so I don't throw up After the intervention. Strange only 3 hours without drinking?.. they gave me 6 hours for that too O_O bloody idiots! I drink 4L a day ..6 hours without water is killer for me.

Angelx14
22-02-09, 15:28
When my dad had anaesthetic, he couldn't feel the need for toilet... :p That's the only thing you should be concerned about. But I'm not sure if that happens to everyone. Probably depends on how strong it is? hmm

Seb_01225
22-02-09, 15:31
i've been put to sleep but i was very young, all i remember was waking up in a bed its nothing to worry about.

TRfan23
22-02-09, 15:34
^Are you on Warfarin by any chance?

What's that? If it's a drug, no luckily I don't need no medication for anything now :) I did when I was a baby and that main drug was Digoxin. After that heart surgery back when I was 12 I was on diuretics, to make my heart work less, and my kidneys work more. The rest of the other 6-7 drugs were mainly pain killers.

Vomit DURING surgery? Aren't you supposed to be sleeping? or out cold?
They told me it was so I don't throw up After the intervention. Strange only 3 hours without drinking?.. they gave me 6 hours for that too O_O bloody idiots! I drink 4L a day ..6 hours without water is killer for me.

Well seems not.

sandygrimm
22-02-09, 15:36
When my dad had anaesthetic, he couldn't feel the need for toilet... :p That's the only thing you should be concerned about. But I'm not sure if that happens to everyone. Probably depends on how strong it is? hmm
was he allowed to drink water? usually people go into surgery high and dry .. so :vlol: so maybe it's cuz he didn't drink anything/ was not allowed even after

jackles
22-02-09, 16:57
I've been under a few times one for a nice major op. I always fight the 'countdown' mainly as I rather enjoy seeing the faces of the team thinking 'will she never go under........'

I also had to be cut out of my gown too..don't know why really! I think I had knotted myself into it and they wanted to get at me.

Anyhoooooooo I usually come out of it like a rocket , talking and everything but last time I just dozed for ages because it had been a big thing. Wasn't sick that time but you can ask for drugs if you are worried about it. I also make sure they give me 'magic cream' so that my skin is numb for the needles. No point suffering any extra pain!

so..well the gist is you should be fine, talk to your nurses or specialist if you are worried. You may feel woozy but follow advice given about not eating or drinking.

EmeraldFields
22-02-09, 17:01
You should be fine.:)

I've been under 9 times and as soon as they give you the anaesthetic your out! You wake up in your hospital room just as if you were sleeping.

I always got sick, but now they have medicine to prevent it. So, you shouldn't have to worry about that.:)

EgyptianSoul
22-02-09, 17:19
Like many others have told you, no need to worry. I just had surgery on Monday, my very first experience and it went very smoothly.

I felt a little nauseous after waking up but it passed quickly.

I recovered very fast and the people in the hospital were all very nice and stuffed me up with painkillers and the food was delicious. :)

It was a great experience.

TRfan23
22-02-09, 20:51
One thing. The pre-med, a drug you can have before the Anaesthetic to calm you down. I personally hate it because it makes you feel all woozy, sleepy, and drunk. So I always reject it when given it, but you can ask for it if you feel the need to. But mostly they would give you it anyway :)


the food was delicious. :)

It was a great experience.

Not if you have to stay in there for like 2 weeks ;) Trust me first times always the best! :D The rest of the times always a right pain :(

On saying that, there are people who have to stay in hospital for like a year. I was told that by some nurses at my hospital. I go to GOS (Great Ormond Street) in London, soon I'll be transfered to UCH :D Can't remember what it stands for? It's a private heart hospital.

You liked the food :eek: Okay I must admit it's nice, just not my everyday meal standards. But I suppose every hospitals different?


@ Henhead: Sorry if I'm pointing out the bad parts :( But everybody's different, so you might like it a lot more then you think :)

sandygrimm
22-02-09, 20:59
I've been under a few times one for a nice major op. I always fight the 'countdown' mainly as I rather enjoy seeing the faces of the team thinking 'will she never go under........'



what's the record.. I was out at 90 or 80 :vlol:

Like many others have told you, no need to worry. I just had surgery on Monday, my very first experience and it went very smoothly.

I felt a little nauseous after waking up but it passed quickly.

I recovered very fast and the people in the hospital were all very nice and stuffed me up with painkillers and the food was delicious. :)

It was a great experience.


wow.. what country/world did you have the surgery.. sounds too good to be true :vlol: ..

n00b raider
22-02-09, 21:16
Going under isn't bad at all. They just put the needle in my wrist, and then they put the mask on me. They didn't even ask me to count down backwards from 10. I just shut my eyes and...next thing I knew I was waking up. I was a bit annoyed at myself for closing my eyes, actually. I wanted to see what my mother described as a curtain falling over your eyes.

It was the waking up part I didn't really like. TV shows represent waking from from anaesthetic quite well, actually. I remember seeing a blurry nurse in the forground, and not seeing much farther beyond that. You can hear everyone clearly, but you don't really care about what they're saying. You don't really know where your body is, so it was nice when they took my blood pressure. I remember thinking "Ohhh...I have an arm. Cool."

It's also frustrating when you want to move. Like I said, you kind of forget you have a body. And when you move it's in awkward jerks. I also remember wanting to cry, to sleep, to scream, and to be unpleasant to everyone at the same time. Mostly because of the confusion.

All that stuff goes away though when you have a sleep (which is kind of ironic, really). I didn't have too much for stomach cramps. Any bathroom related issues for me was because I had a scope through my mouth and through my other end. And it was nice getting a drink.

Anyways, that's my first and only experience with anaesthetic. There's nothing to worry about.

Lee croft
22-02-09, 21:28
dont worry it really isnt bad at all the two times i had to be put a sleep the put this werid stuff on my hand to make it numb then put a werid thing into my hand which i didnt feel at all and didnt relise it was there untill i saw it and they took me in the room and i laid down and then they put this thing up to the werid thing that was on my hand then i drifted off to sleep and woke up after the operation.. its like how you go off to sleep normaly!!!

EgyptianSoul
22-02-09, 21:59
Not if you have to stay in there for like 2 weeks ;) Trust me first times always the best! :D The rest of the times always a right pain :(

On saying that, there are people who have to stay in hospital for like a year. I was told that by some nurses at my hospital. I go to GOS (Great Ormond Street) in London, soon I'll be transfered to UCH :D Can't remember what it stands for? It's a private heart hospital.

You liked the food :eek: Okay I must admit it's nice, just not my everyday meal standards. But I suppose every hospitals different?

Of course everybodys experiences differ. I had to stay in the hospital for a full day and got very good service in my opinion. And the food there was indeed good, fresh sandwhiches, cookies, cake, yoghurt, coffee, tea, milk etc... :)

wow.. what country/world did you have the surgery.. sounds too good to be true :vlol: ..

This is my first experience of having surgery and it was better than I expected. Maybe I just saw the better side of finnish healthcare... I don't know.

viper456
22-02-09, 22:09
Heeey don't worry about it :) I have been under twice...I was only young and it scared the hell out of me but I always remember waking up and thinking "why the big fuss?" You literally go out like a light and then wake up in your bed. Its actually crazy! :p

rickybazire
22-02-09, 23:39
I've had it twice. Just remember to relax and, I know this sounds silly, sleep after you wake up.

Laralissa
23-02-09, 00:47
Have any of you watched the movie 'Awake'? :whi:

Sure put me of anaesthesia for life :p Luckily Ive never needed surgery, though Im sure cases like that are quite rare >_>

Henhead
23-02-09, 07:01
No beds :mad: wait again!

c'mon. :cen: now

*laralover*
23-02-09, 09:00
Iv been put to sleep about 4 times to get a biopsy. I remember being pretty scared the first time as i cant stand needles! :o The nurse or someone will put this needle in your arm or hand and thats probably my most hated part :mad: Later they just lie you down then inject the anasthetic into the pipe/needle in your arm/hand then usually they say "count to ten" i get to about 3 and im out for the count :p Its funny because it does go blurry then the next thing you know your waking up and you can hear the nurses calling your name and stuff. One time they said i started getting upset and i shouted so i must of been thinking it was a dream or something :p Id say to just rest alot after though because your head will be spinning all over the place and youl probably be talking aload of nonsense too! :D

sandygrimm
23-02-09, 10:42
This is my first experience of having surgery and it was better than I expected. Maybe I just saw the better side of finnish healthcare... I don't know.


you must have some insurance than :p mind reserving a seat for me next time :P :vlol:

EgyptianSoul
23-02-09, 11:00
you must have some insurance than :p mind reserving a seat for me next time :P :vlol:

No insurance. :) I'm practically broke :vlol: and it was a public hospital I went to.

sandygrimm
23-02-09, 11:01
O_O No freakin' way! * goes to pack bags* meet me at the train station :vlol: i'm movin out of here

coolaideonfire
23-02-09, 11:18
I've had lots of operations when I was a child and sometimes feel that I spent most of my childhood going under local and general anaesthetic. :vlol:

As everyone's said you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The worst parts are probably the wait before the surgery and the needle, which is very quick, sharp but relatively painless so don't be too worried about that. The next thing you know you're awake again and it's all over.

Good luck for when you do receive your surgery! :)