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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by Fairydell, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. Fairydell

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    I am to have a spinal block and understand that I might play music during the operation... Does the hospital provide the headphones? I wondered how they would be sterile otherwise. My friend suggested that a talking book might absorb me better than music... Has anyone done this before.
     
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    @Fairydell
    You could play music but doubt it is done often. Although you don't feel anything with the spinal if you are awake you will still be conscious of the bashing and banging.
    You will be offered sedation with your spinal. I would highly recommend it as you won't know anything until you are back in the recovery room.
     
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    Just tell the anaesthetist you don't want to see or hear anything. They will put you into a comfy sleep and watch you throughout the procedure to make sure you stay under. As Bionic says - the procedure can be noisy and most surgeons don't want patients listening anyway.
     
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    I had spinal block with sedation - didn’t know anything about it and woke up in recovery room with the nurse. It was absolutely fine especially with so many caring staff around me.
     
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    I used musician’s earplugs (my own) and had light sedation with the spinal. Woke up as they were wheeling me into the recovery room.... that part was all fine.
     
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    There may be a problem with your audio equipment not being sterile in the theatre, saying that I did take an ipod in with me but I never used it. I remember the spinal going in and them prepping me on the table and then I was in recovery. A shot of IV Valium tends to relax you a fair bit!
     
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    It doesn't matter! There are LOTS of things we take into theatre that aren't even surgically clean much less sterile! I could make a list but it would be a pretty long one!
    You won't be in a position - literally - to read a book. You'll be flat on your back and both your arms will be being used - one for the IV and the other for the blood pressure cuff. Usually patients, if they really WANT to be awake during the surgery, will be better off using head phones and an mp3 player. Or, maybe a good compromise would be talking books!

    Anaesthetics - spinals, femoral blocks, GAs and everything else
     
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    Hello and Happy Sunday to you!
    Consider allowing them to put you in La-La Land, it will go much quicker. You'll wake up and it's over.
    You don't want to put yourself in a state of anxiety once you hear them sawing, routering out
    and hammering your bone. Don't think you'd be concentrating much on the book, or the music.
    I'm assuming it's difficult to block out the OR sounds unless you want speakers blaring in your ears.
    Doesn't sound too comforting to me, but we're all different I guess.
    Wishing you the best in whatever you choose.
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    I am starting to think that a sedative might be the way to go... Am I likely to wake up groggy or will I just wake up naturally?
     
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    I think it is the way to go @Fairydell
    I will speak for myself. I woke up a little groggy but I knew who everyone was and could answer questions etc. It was kind of strange because I kept thinking that I couldn't believe surgery was already over! It seemed surreal.
    You gradually and slowly come out of it. I had a spinal and GA. The anesthesiologist told me it was "light". I didn't suffer any headache, nausea, had an appetite and was walking the hall within hours. I found it rather unbelievable but was happy with my surgery, the surgery site I went through and the care I received.
    It was all good. I hope the same for you.
     
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    @Fairydell
    Unlike Layla I wasn't at all groggy when I woke up. I don't actually remember waking but I guess they woke me when I was in recovery.
    I was chatting to the nurse and she was explaining what she was doing. When they took me back to my room my husband expected me to be out of it but instead he could hear me talking to the nurse as we came along the corridor.
     
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    I wasn't feeling weak or unsteady, nothing like that. but I'd say a little dazed, initially.
    It didn't last long though and I recall feeling like I was on a high...Not the drugs, but more of an emotional high, or relief from the realization that the surgery was behind me. @Fairydell
     
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    Personally, I didn't think being a bit out of it or groggy after major surgery was necessarily a bad thing.
     
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    I had spinal with sedation, and I've had general anesthesia in the past. I awoke from spinal with sedation amazingly clear headed. I was talking to my wife on the phone almost immediately after waking. My OS came in and we talked about the surgery and he showed me my new x-ray. I could have read the newspaper right away that's how clear it was. I was thirsty and ate lunch a short time after getting to the room.
     
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    The letter that arrived tells me not to use a moisturising shower gel before surgery. Is there a particular one anyone could recommend?
     
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    Fairydell. My OS had a specific one I was given to use prior to surgery.
    Please do contact your OS to get specifics
     
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    I was given and instructed to use Hibiclens the night before, then sleep on clean sheets.
    Then shower with it again the next morning before I went to the surgery center for my op.

    Ask your OS. Protocol varies on this as it does with many aspects of the process.
    Some members showering for days longer than others with specific soaps. One memeber here was instructed to sleep on freshly laundered sheets each night for five nights leading up to surgery. Crazy!

    Some are also instructed to swab their nose for several days before surgery, as I was instructed to do with
    Mupirocin.
     
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    I was given anti bacterial soap for my showers for a few days pre-op. I was told not to use nail polish too.
     
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    I'm recommending you should still adhere to that instruction.
    Unless you're going with black.
    A Goth racecar driver could have appeal!:rotfl: Somewhere!
     
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