First Time Going Under...

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    Aug 20, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    I'm going for a small operation soon, but still, it'll be my first time doing anything that requires anesthesia to that extent and then putting me on rest for a week or two. For anyone that's done any sort of operation, is there any way to not feel afraid? It's a very short length of time going to be spent actually doing it (20 minutes tops) but I'm still nervous... HELP!
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    I'm not sure the severity of the injury but if it's just a minor operation then it's really nothing to worry about.

    Under anesthesia you may experience a slight burning sensation for a couple of seconds but in the blink of an eye you'll be out. Before you know it you'll be awake and be wondering why you were afraid in the first place.

    Good luck, Mark!
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    Its not a big deal at all. They will tell you to count back from 10. You will most likely not even make it to 5. Then you will black out and not remember anything except saying the number 9 most likely. When you wake up you will be a little light headed but that wears off quickly. Its nothing to be afraid of
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    being put out is no big deal ... coming back is a little freaky ... it's like you died or something
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    You’re not having a major procedure which is good thing!
    Make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed!

    Now if you’re anal like I am, you can check out the facility before you go in.
    That will lessen the shock value of the environment when you get there.

    The day before relax, watch tons of comedies, keep your stress to a minimum!
    Good luck!
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    Aug 20, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    Yeah good ideas, thanks! I'll watch my glee DVDs the night before to loosen me up...
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    Aug 20, 2012 9:52 AM GMT
    Anesthesia is like the best sleep medicine ever. A few seconds and you're out. When you wake up, it feels kinda like a "rolling stone" from smoking too much weed. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:43 PM GMT
    I've always been a little nervous about operations, but that's just normal. I've had anesthesia for an appendectomy, a colonoscopy, and removing a lipoma. I also had sinus surgery a couple of years ago for a deviated septum and polyps. I was awake for that and it was a little weird - I'm not sure what they gave me, but I didn't feel a thing and was a little out of it.

    I was able to walk home or take a taxi after everything but the appendectomy. I really don't remember much of anything once they administered the anesthesia.

    You'll be fine. Just try to do things that will distract you the night before.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    dude, literally nothing to worry about. I had my wisdom teeth out like 3 onths ago and they put me under for 45 mins or so and I didn't even know I was asleep... Last thing I remember is the doc saying "you're going to be asleep in just a little bit...." and then like 5 seconds later I think I just went to sleep and woke up with my mouth all fucked.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:49 PM GMT
    I've been put under before. So much better than being awake for an operation, am I right? Don't worry it isn't bad, you just count back from 10 and by 1 you are out and you just wake up groggy. There are many worse things that could happen.
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    Aug 20, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    yes ,just relax and think good thoughts..the recovery will go by quicker when you are thinking postive thoughts,instead of negtive ideas..look at this way..enjoy you r time off from work.

    best of luck
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    Well let me say I probably not the best person to ask this, but as I have a history of making positive comments.... it will come out that way in the end...

    I had only been in the hospital once in my life, prior to the fall of 2010, when I had arm surgery as a result of having a Staph infection. I still remember getting my tonsils out when I was 6 (that was the first time) and I remember it because of how I felt when I went under (but I was also 6 years old).

    Upon my return to the "table" in 2010, I told the doctor and nurses about how I felt when I was 6 as they got me ready for my surgery. It was much different, but I can tell you I didn't come out of it very well. I'll never forget that part of it ... the recovery room had these drapes that had "blades of grass" on them and when I came out of it, I thought I was in a war and was huddled down in the grass with my gun and hunkering down. Not a very pleasant experience. The doctors even admitted that I didn't come out of it very well.

    Unfortunately, I had to be "put out" during two more arm procedures right after that and they went well.. no issues.

    Understand I had a "weird problem" when I went in the first time, based on what happened when I was 6.. you'll be fine, really. The last two procedures I had no issues and should I have the misfortune of going there again, I won't worry the way I did initially. Good luck, you'll be fine with it.
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:49 PM GMT
    Well if your going to be " out" IE general anesthesia then you will remember nothing and quite possibly wont remember much for the hr before your surgery as well. You will get plenty of meds before you go in so that you " wont care that its surgery time." However, If what your having done isn't that huge you may want to consider just getting Local anesthesia with IV sedation. Recovery is faster and Much easier then with general as your not intubated ( tube down your trachea" throat"). I have had 2 surgeries with Local/ IV sedation and those were ones the surgeons wanted me to be asleep for but I declined.
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    Aug 20, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    Growing a pair usually helps.
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    LIEV saidGrowing a pair usually helps.


    this ^^^
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    Jewlicious said
    LIEV saidGrowing a pair usually helps.


    this ^^^
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    Import saiddude, literally nothing to worry about. I had my wisdom teeth out like 3 onths ago and they put me under for 45 mins or so and I didn't even know I was asleep... Last thing I remember is the doc saying "you're going to be asleep in just a little bit...." and then like 5 seconds later I think I just went to sleep and woke up with my mouth all fucked.


    !!!! icon_eek.gif !!!!
    (where and who is your Oral Surgeon???)
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    Aug 20, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    LIEV saidGrowing a pair usually helps.


    A little time to empathize?
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    Trust in your doctor that you'll be okay.

    Trust in yourself that you're doing the right thing.

    Unwind, like the experienced guys have said...

    And when its all done, treat yourself; cause you're just bloody amazing! okay.
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
    Don't worry it. Your biggest challenge will be your first BM after anesthesia. Many people pass out the first time they take a dump after they've gone under. The one time I was given general anesthesia - for an emergency appendectomy - the first BM after was a bitch! Luckily I didn't pass out but the nurses wouldn't leave my side in case I did.
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    Aug 20, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidDon't worry it. Your biggest challenge will be your first BM after anesthesia. Many people pass out the first time they take a dump after they've gone under. The one time I was given general anesthesia - for an emergency appendectomy - the first BM after was a bitch! Luckily I didn't pass out but the nurses wouldn't leave my side in case I did.
    I think he should treat himself to something yummy and/or fun afterwards; if not the next day... hospitals suck to be in... what do you think?
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    Aug 20, 2012 6:07 PM GMT
    I had one down my throat and a few up my ass and when they say they are going to put the stuff in to put me out I go out in a heart beat. Then I wake up in recovery but I don't worry about it.
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    Aug 20, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    I've had too many surgeries, but never feared them. They were always performed at a good hospital by excellent surgeons.

    In 1978, I had an emergency appendectomy on a Friday evening and was back at work Monday morning. Getting out of the hospital that quickly required hard work and accepting a certain amount of pain, such as by getting out of bed as quickly as possible and forcing myself to walk up and down the hospital halls and going up and down the stairs, in spite of the discomfort.

    In 2006 I had a compound fracture of my right leg. The surgery, which included putting a titanium rod and five screws into the leg, was performed on a Thursday evening and by Friday morning, I was going around the hospital on crutches. I was told that most patients don't get out of bed quite so quickly. Of course I couldn't use the leg for a while, but when healing had sufficiently progressed, in spite of the considerable discomfort I pushed myself to recover as quickly as possible.

    Surgery is nothing to fear if it is done by a highly qualified surgeon in a good hospital and if the procedure required is routine, uncomplicated, and well-understood. Speed of recovery depends on the ability to tolerate a certain amount of discomfort and push yourself within reasonable limits. Patients who say, "But it hurts!" and are slow to get out of bed recover more slowly.
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    Aug 20, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    i have been put under a couple of times. once for removing my tonsils (when i was a kid), and once when i was having my wisdom teeth taken out (as an adult).

    both times it was totally cool. no big deal. there is a specialised doctor who only does anaesthesiology and monitors you the entire time while you are under.

    if you are stressed out about it, you may ask for a sedative or nitrous oxide ('laughing gas') to relax you while they place the IV into your arm/hand. when they start putting in the anaesthetic, your vein may feel a little bit cold, but it'll soon be gone and you'll just fall asleep.

    when you wake up, you will likely feel very groggy and dizzy, so you will need someone to pick you up and take you home. you may feel nauseous for the rest of the day, and either vomit or dry heave as a result of the anaesthetic, but that is a known side effect.



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    Aug 20, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    I went under last year to remove an impacted canine. It was cool at first, oxygen mask, then needle in arm, about 1 min then i passed out. when i woke, however, i had a really bad reaction to the anesthesia icon_neutral.gif i puked for like 4 hours.

    try to make sure u dont say anything embarassing afterwards either; i was so loopey i asked my mom "did i fart when i was in there, i had to fart before i went in there but now i dont have to" (i still wonder if i did) there was like 10 people in the room icon_redface.gif