- General anaesthetic – yea or nay?
Going to hospital on Monday to have my gall bladder removed.
It’s actually completely asymptomatic at the moment so maybe I could just leave it (or maybe it will explode and kill me in ten years time, who knows).
But I’ve been reading about post-operative conditions, and Post-Operative Cognitive Disorder looks like a real downer. I don’t really fancy waking up and finding my brain is broken for months or even years to come.
So, in the interests of science, tell me your experiences of this hateful sounding process.Posted 4 years agopsychobikerMember
Had surgery last year on a severely infected knee joint. No option emergency surgery to clean joint and hope antibiotics do the trick or no operation and almost certain septicaemia.Posted 4 years ago
Obviously had op felt weary after waking up but no side effects whatsoever. I think it is a case of 99.99% ok 0.01% have issues.OnzadogSubscriber
Last time I had a general, I apparently hit on the anaesthetist. No idea what I said, I just remember her saying that she didn’t think her husband and children would think much to that!
Seems it’s quite common for people to be horny or aggressive when they come around. Other than that, I was fine.Posted 4 years agoshermer75Member
What’s the sitch with the gall bladder? You were saying that there is a chance that you might keep it. What are the doctors saying about that? I’m always in favour of leaving things alone if at all possible, but if the only reason why you’re not going to have it out is because you’re worried about going under then you should probably have the operation…Posted 4 years agonukeSubscriber
I’ve had several…all been fine, I quite enjoyed that spaced out sensation in the post-op room. Remember chatting away non-stop for hours with the bloke in the next bed along after my abscess op…didn’t once cross my mind he didn’t speak English, we were in France at the time 😳Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Had my fair share of weed, acid, shrooms, Ecstacy/MDMA, speed, Ket, coke, so a GA is just a good snooze – you’ll be fine!
Had it twice – first time was gas for a tooth out when I was young and with hindsight, was my first trip.
Other than that, I’ve been given drugs unwittingly twice – once in a club some geezer I knew gave me a can of coke laced with acid – he was a tad disappointed when I didn’t lose it, but rather thanked him for the free drugs. The second time was my second time under General, last September – the fools told me they were giving me something to keep me hydrated – the cold feeling rushing through my veins was weird but not unpleasant and the last thing I remembered.
The worst side effect I experienced was itching for a few days after.Posted 4 years agoste_tMember
I walked out of the hospital as soon as I woke up, with gunk leaking out of the new holes in my knee. Felt bloody fantastic.
Had another when I had a smashed tooth removed, (pork scratching incident.)A friend had to collect me as I was off my tits and they wouldn’t let me leave alone.
You’ll be fine.Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Was under GA well into double figures in the early 90’s but since then only a couple of times, i used to look forward to it as i i guess you could say i have the sort of personality that is open minded and i quite like my brain to have a vacation from it’s every day duties……i blame it on my predilection for shrooms, acid, mescaline, DMT etc……. 😉Posted 4 years ago
My 10th time on my last surgery on the 21st december. And its all been the same. Venflon inserted, a lovely pain killer (fentanyl) then profopol, 7 seconds of a wonderful floaty feeling, then what feels like a minute later feeling very drugged drugged in a nice way in recovery.
only time I hated being under is waking up on intensive care still intubated (tube in to breath) was very weird and scary.Posted 4 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
Had six. Woke up tachycardic once but some painkillers sorted that, morphine drips are ace! Other than painfrom the op they have all been fine. Stuff they used to knock me out last week wasnt nice though, it was like injecting ice in my arm most unpleasant.Posted 4 years ago
A GA is a hell of a lot nicer than a Spinal block and sedation. It’s a different experience at each hospital. Bolton for my knee it was pain killer then profopol (the white stuff) and was really prolonged drift to sleep. Chorley for a sigmoidoscopy under anaesthetic was a heavy dose of fentanyl then profopol and instantly out.
Blackburn for a Hernia I was gassed and that was weird and I felt a bit sick after. Woke up everytime pain free, but most of the ops I’ve had they have given a nerve block in the area as well as the GA
Only complications I’ve had is low oxygen Sats 89 to 92 on 4litres of oxygen probably due to the morphine and the last time I had a very low temperature post op (34.2)Posted 4 years agodan1980Member
I’ve had 3 Ga’s in the past few years, all fine, and surprisingly refreshing, just like a good kip really.
I had a sedation for a cardiac ablation procedure and it was bloody horrible. Felt crap and hungover for hours after, but that could have been from having my heart seared….Posted 4 years agopslingSubscriber
Guess everything went well then. If it was removed due to gallstones then goodbye pain 🙂 It’s quite a deep op although the four little holes you’ll have in your abdomen don’t suggest it. Now get used to managing what you eat/drink and, equally, managing your personal waste disposal system 😉Posted 4 years agotheragMember
Had g.a a few years ago also for g.b, relived to get it out and no probs at all without the g.a.Posted 4 years ago
I’m laying in a hospital bed now (had to knock off hospital wifi as it wouldn’t open this thread) waiting for g.a as I’m going in for spine surgery first thing in the morning.
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