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General Anaesthetic

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mrsblakey Wed 22-Jan-14 18:35:57

Am having surgery in a few weeks.
I haven't had a GA since I was young & can't really remember much about the procedure.
I am feeling more apprehensive about that rather than the surgery itself!
I have been told I won't be able to meet the anaesthetist until the day of my surgery so am bottling up more nerves.
I think my main fear is not waking up afterwards - I feel really silly admitting that!
Anyone had a similar anxiety?

Mummywheel Wed 22-Jan-14 19:02:13

I had my very first anesthetic six weeks ago and then another four weeks later. I too was very anxious however the anesthetist both times was lovely and put me at ease. You no sooner drift off to sleep to be woken again after what seems like seconds. I'm sure you will be fine and will be wondering why you were so nervous smile x

Belize Wed 22-Jan-14 19:03:55

I agree with Mummywheel. I've had four now - terrified the first time, really learnt to relax and enjoy the last one!

The anaesthetist's often seem to be the most chilled out people on the planet in my experience smile.

mrsblakey Wed 22-Jan-14 20:11:44

Thanks guys it's good to hear your experiences.

mrsblakey Wed 22-Jan-14 20:11:52

Thanks guys it's good to hear your experiences.

honeybeeridiculous Wed 22-Jan-14 22:33:32

Df had his first one last week aged 70! He was very nervous but was fine.said the anaesthetist was lovely.he said the worst bit was the walk to the theatre and the waiting around.
good luck OP

WhispersOfWickedness Wed 22-Jan-14 22:55:10

I had one in 2012 and was very anxious beforehand but the anaesthetist was lovely smile
She told me that it is a very common fear to not wake up afterwards - my fear was actually the opposite, I was worried about waking up during! They were very reassuring though and it was good in the end, I felt like I'd had a really lovely sleep smile

mrsblakey Thu 23-Jan-14 15:52:43

Thankyou all xx

17leftfeet Thu 23-Jan-14 16:24:04

I've had 15 generals, the last one I remember talking about trees (they asked me what I did for a living and that's the way the conversation went) and then being woken up and asked if I wanted a cup of tea which I had then went back to sleep again

Enjoy the rest grin

3bunnies Thu 23-Jan-14 16:30:45

I told my anaesthetist that it seemed like the best way with 3 young children to get some uninterrupted sleep! Was worse when ds had to go under but they have all been quite cheerful doctors.

InPursuitOfOblivion Fri 24-Jan-14 21:35:50

Hi, anaesthetic practitioner here. Happy to answer any questions you have! Even if they sound to you the most stupid question in the world, please ask! Stupid questions are the best questions and always the most important.
I would say 90% of patients have a fear of either not waking up or waking up at the wrong time, so you are not alone. 10 years in practice and I have NEVER seen that happen. I haven't heard colleagues report it happening to them either and they are veterans.
For God sakes don't listen to horror stories in mags/tabloids etc. most of these stories are pure fabrication done for financial benefit angry

specialsubject Sat 25-Jan-14 18:07:02

your journey to the hospital, or any car trips you do, are massively higher risk than the anaesthetic.

good luck and get well soon.

redspottydress Sun 26-Jan-14 20:33:50

Is it true that they automatically put in a catheter when you have a general even if they don't tell you they will?

3bunnies Sun 26-Jan-14 20:57:34

I didn't have a catheter, or if I did then they whipped it out before I woke up!

bumblebeebzz Sun 26-Jan-14 21:03:23

I had one last week, I was so nervous.

it was amazing! definitely feels like seconds between drifting off and being woken up.

good luck flowers

Samwidge Sun 26-Jan-14 21:05:23

In my experience, the anaesthetist will come and see you and talk through any concerns.

I've had many operations and one of the things I was fed up of was waking up with a v v sore throat. Discussed it with the anaesthetist and she informed me that there was no need to to end up with a sore throat and that it was down to poor practice. We had a long discussion which really educated me. Knowledge is probably the answer to you feeling calmer.

Good luck

Branleuse Sun 26-Jan-14 21:10:57

I bloody love general anaesthetic

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 26-Jan-14 22:15:23

Redspottydress. There is no way we put in a catheter without express consent of the patient!
The only exception to this is if it were absolutely necessary and the patient were not able to consent themselves. (If they were in a coma for example)

We are very, deeply respectful to our anaesthetised patients and would not do anything to them that we would not be comfortable having done to ourselves.

Samwidge- post operative sore throat is very common, but unfortunately it is not always unavoidable. I think it may have been a little unfair for your anaesthetist to blame it solely on poor practice.

AHardDaysWrite Sun 26-Jan-14 22:19:04

I love having a GA. The lovely woozy feeling when you're coming round is great.

Inpursuit are patients under GAs always incubated?

AHardDaysWrite Sun 26-Jan-14 22:19:07


AHardDaysWrite Sun 26-Jan-14 22:19:27

Bloody phone. Intubated even!

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 26-Jan-14 22:24:42

Yes. All patients receiving a general anaesthetic will have some form of 'airway' . The type of airway you will receive depends on the type and length of the surgery, drugs used and relevant medical history.

ChestyNut Sun 26-Jan-14 23:00:38

I love GA grin

Not so much the wheezy chest after, think that may be asthma related tho? sad

InPursuitOfOblivion Sun 26-Jan-14 23:06:57

Yes and no ChestyNut. Asthma never helps, but sometimes the anaesthetic vapours used can irritate the lungs slightly. Nothing serious, doesn't do any long term harm.

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 26-Jan-14 23:10:03

WaMy last GA asked me what sort of alcohol I liked and generally talked about that. I got to tell him didnt want to be sick and he promised me an antiemetic. Didnt like the oxygen mask but he was gentle and took his time. Woke up fine, no sickness a bit cold which they sorted with an amazing hot air blanket.

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