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Different Anesthesia Options

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Momma-me, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Momma-me

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    Hello All,

    I have been doing some reading but a little confused.

    When are femoral blocks used? Is this what some refer to as the "nerve block?" Is this used in conjunction with other methods of pain control? And if so... which ones?

    Is the word "epidural" and the term "spinal block" being used synonymously?

    When you have a "spinal block" instead of general anesthesia... do you still receive conscious sedation alongside the spinal? (I am seeing that people that have had the spinal block, still say they were "out" and don't remember anything..)

    How long did you have the epidural catheter in place after your surgery?

    Thank you for your responses!
     
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    I had general anesthesia. I also had a nerve block of some sort in my thigh right before surgery which lasted about 24 hours.

    A few hours after surgery they had me up to navigate to the bathroom while my block was still in effect. It did not prevent me from navigating. (I hesitate to use the word walk, that soon after surgery)

    I also had oral pain medication while the nerve block was in effect.

    I actually felt pretty decent in the hospital.
     
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    Sp good to hear... Prayers for continued improvement <3
     
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    @Momma-me
    This article explains all about the different types of anesthesia.
    Anaesthetics - spinals, femoral blocks, GAs and everything else

    It's not an epidural, but a spinal anaesthetic that is used for joint replacements - just a small difference in where the anaesthetic is injected.
     
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    You should be able to phone the anesthesia department at the hospital to ask questions.
     
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    @Celle thank you for the links!!
     
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    I had spinal block with sedation. All I remember is sitting on the edge of the bed, something was put in the cannula in the back of my wrist to relax me the anaesthetist said, the spinal block was injected (don't recall any discomfort) and then I woke up in recovery as if I'd had a lovely sleep. I can't even recall lying back down after the spinal. No nausea and no pain as numb until it wore off. I'll definitely have the same again next time.
     
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    @Momma-me I had a spinal block and sedation. I slept thru it all. They also put the femoral block in my thigh. It stayed in 2 days the nurse came and removed it at my home. It helped alot with the after pain for at least 3 days. Just bad soreness which I take oxycodone and Tylenol for but no throbbing pain
     
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    That’s different than mine was, mine just wore off, nothing had to be removed.
     
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    @Momma-me , I had a spinal with sedation. No femoral block and I am glad. My husband's cousin has a bad complication. Her nerve was permanently damaged. I woke up in pain and shaking, almost like my body was in shock, but they got right on it and it came down quickly. I believe they used dulaidid and some other stuf. It's hard to remember They took wonderful care of me, though...that I do remember.
     
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    Exaclty.
    No - two completely different procedures. Read this Anaesthetics - spinals, femoral blocks, GAs and everything else
    Always. It's not common to be left awake during this surgery. People can get traumatised by it! Read this Michael Douglas' TKR

    General anaesthetics are rarely used these days because research has shown it to be a more dangerous procedure than others.
     
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    After reading that, I would like Catherine Zeta Jones to dress as a nurse for my next hip revision! :heehee:
     
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