I am having foot surgery October 22 to take care of two bunions on my right foot and, possibly, additional work on a nerve problem (same foot).
The bunionectomies will take about 2 1/2 hours. And, if I have the nerve surgery, too, add another hour or so. Ugh, 3 1/2 hours of sedation.........
I have had general anesthesia for my previous surgeries and have an awful
time immediately post-op
. Nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, woozy - you get the idea. I always warn the recovery room nurses (beforehand) to stand away from me so they don't get soaked! :Puke The sleepiness and wooziness last for hours after I return home (I sleep for hours). All this even though I was given Zofran in my IV during the surgeries. I can't use the scopolomine (sp?) patch as it makes me really ill and dizzy
: and just adds to the rest of the yuckiness.
In searching the internet, I found out about IV sedation and it sounds like a wonder! No nausea, no sleepiness, etc. The patients raved about it.
I have severe allergies to most local anesthetics (two cardiac arrests confirmed this
: ). However, I can (and, do) use one called Carbocaine for dental surgery with no problems.
I don't care about waking-up with pain (I have a really high pain tolerance). I just hate waking-up feeling so horrible!
I plan on talking to the anesthesiologist prior to the surgery (days
before, not immediately before
) to ask about this IV form.
Anyone else had IV sedation for a surgical procedure that lasted 2+ hours??
Please share your anesthesia stories!!!