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  • This topic has 4 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago by Brianna Albers.

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      • #22100
        Brianna Albers
        Keymaster

        The recent thread on SPCs has me thinking about getting one! But I’ll be honest: surgery makes me really nervous. Like, really. My spinal fusion was pretty traumatic, to the point where I tense up whenever surgery is mentioned. Like right now.

        But apparently twilight anesthesia circumvents all the issues surrounding surgery. I had a not so good experience with laughing gas the second time I had my G-tube placed (long story), but I’m trying not to let that stop me. 

        If you’ve had twilight anesthesia before, what did you think?

      • #22103
        Rachel Markley
        Participant

        So easy! I think I’ve had it twice but the one I was old enough to remember (SPC in October) felt just like a regular surgery but I didn’t go to sleep scared to death of complications. I don’t remember a thing from the second they gave me drugs in pre-op to when I woke up. It was certainly easier to wake up from and I had zero complications. Also, get the SPC!

      • #22109
        DeAnn R
        Keymaster

        Spine fusion is a major major surgery, so yes very traumatic.  I’m not a fan of general anesthesia though because I had a bad experience when I had my gallbladder out.  When they intubated me I aspirated so woke up on a ventilator with aspiration pneumonia and they had trouble getting me off the vent.  So, if I need any procedures I try to see if they can do it under twilight.  I’ve had 3 or 4 procedures with twilight and haven’t had problems.  To be honest I’m not sure the difference between laughing gas & twilight sedation.  Possibly different drugs involved?  I’m sure if you discussed your concerns with the doctor they could ease your mind about it.

      • #22110
        Rachel Markley
        Participant

        Gas is a totally different drug and your body will respond very differently. I don’t do well with gas either!

      • #22186
        Brianna Albers
        Keymaster

        Thank you both! I’ve scheduled an appointment with a urologist, but it’s not till May, so it won’t be for a while.

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