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  1. ckred

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    Hi, waiting for first hip replacement due on 22nd May. Had pre op assessment yesterday and told will be spinal block not general anaesthetic. Bit scared now - don't want to hear it being done!
     
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    Hello @ckred - I'm having a spinal as well and, like you, am a bit nervous about it, but I've spoken to several of my friends who've had the same and said they remembered nothing, so we can only trust. My OS said he likes using a spinal, because the pain relief carries on after the op is completed, so there isn't a sudden jerk into pain on coming around. As I said, I suppose we just have to ask the anaesthetist to give us something that knocks us out and then hope for the best!
     
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    Unless you want to remain awake, likely they also will give you sedation with the spinal block. It's a lovely nap and you wake up alert and none the wiser of what they've done to you!
     
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    Don't panic! I had never had the spinal deal only general over quite a few operations. I had the option and the anesthesiologist explained the spinal to me and that's what I went with. You will be sedated and kept in "twilight" and will be monitored closely. I never knew when they took me from pre-op to the op room, and woke up clearly in recovery, thirsty and hungry. When you wake from it you will be very coherent and have no ill side effects. Yes your legs will come to after you do, especially the op side. If I was to do it again I would do the spinal again. They also said they would put a breathing tube in with general, I didn't want that. The only odd thing about it was the feeling your legs go completely numb while you're awake.
     
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    You will be awake but not awake. It will be as if you're asleep. You won't be aware of anything that's happening. It's similar to the sedation the dentist uses, or if you've ever had a colonoscopy. You'll wake up and it will all be over.
     
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    @ckred Just tell the anaesthetist (you will speak with him/her just before you go to surgery) that you don't want to see or hear anything. They will put you into a very comfy sleep and watch you the whole time to make sure you stay under. I was more scared of the spinal before my first THR - but it was a non-event and recovery was so much easier than from GA.
     
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    thank you for all the kind reassurances. I will put my trust in the anaesthetist and surgeon, they know best.
     
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    Best idea! Trust the anesthesiologist.
    Wishing you a great weekend and peace and comfort as you await May 22nd.
    @ckred
     
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    @ckred Where are you having your surgery? I lived in the London area when I had my RTHR and had my surgery at the Epsom Elective Orthopaedic Centre.
     
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    Everyone is different of course and the overiding advice is to listen to the medics.
    From my point of view I am just recovering from second THR 2 days ago first was January both times I had spinal with sedation the spinal procedure was virtually painless and very comfortable I drifted off to a comfy sleep with the light sedation and woke up feeling quite fresh to be honest only downside second time was it seemed to affect my bladder control and I wet the bed when I got back to my room :blush: but after a couple of hours normal service was resumed if I had to go through this again then I would have spinal as long as docs ok but saying all this I have never had a GA all the best either way I am sure it will go well and you will be well cared for .
     
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    Hi Jacey
    I too am going to the Epsom Elective Orthopaedic Centre and I know they have a good reputation. Getting hung up with the 90 degree rule now - amazing how many things involve bending past that - and the injections to administer afterwards - just want to stop thinking at get on with it now.
     
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    After years of trying to get answers to my pain, My diagnosis and subsequent surgery were fairly quick leaving me little time to research...ignorance was somewhat bliss...
    This forum helped me tremendously post op!
    Some of that 90 degree bending wouldn't be awfully comfy anyway. (I didn't have the restriction and still didn't do it much)
    Practice up with the grabbers...
    Is going to be OK...we work it out!:yes:
     
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    Who is your surgeon? That place is really great. No infection worries and the team really know their stuff. Just don't let physio get to ambitious with you.
    Do you actually know if you will have restrictions? Many surgeons are no longer imposing the 90 degree rule. But please don't worry. I had restrictions post LTHR and found them very easy to follow as my new hip just didn't want to move very far. Post RTHR I had no restrictions but did follow the 90 degree rule to some extent. It's much easier than you think.
     
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    Surgeon is Mr Mclean. I used to work in the main part of the hospital and remember taking minutes re results of ops - trying not to recall the detail!
    How long is the average before returning to work? Office job
     
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    Checking in: how are you doing? (Can't give much of an answer to your question, sorry!)
     
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    Returning to work
    It's becoming the norm for hip patients to be pressured back to work after 6 weeks or so. This can be done but it is even more important one needs to try and negotiate a "Phased return to work" because going straight back to full time work can be very hard on the new hip and cause tendinitis in various places.
     
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    Check out the highlighted section and there are specifics about job return, including office work.
    Of course, there is no assurances as each of us recover differently.
     
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    See you on the other side!!!
     
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    Ooo! Today is your big day. Hoping everything goes well. Will look for you on the other side. :flwrysmile:
     

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