One of the required steps before endometriosis surgery is this discussion with the anesthesiologist doctor. During the years I have realized many patients fear that “they will not wake up after surgery” or that “things might get wrong during the surgery” and many of these fears are related to anesthesia. Below you will see how this checkup takes place and I will try to clarify many of your fears regarding anesthesia.
When this medical checkup takes place and how long does it last
On different clinics websites you will find this “meeting” explained but from my experience (two surgeries) they rarely follow the same pattern. On my first endometriosis surgery, in 2014, this consult was 10 minutes before I entered the surgery. On my second endometriosis surgery, the one made in Timisoara and the one that involved a bowel resection too, this meeting was a day before the surgery, I met both my anesthesiologists doctors and I talked to them for about 40 minutes.
Yet, keep in mind that this may vary. Now, this consult takes place at least a day before the surgery but, if by any means, this is not the case, don’t worry, you will see below why.
The medical documents you need to fill in
As my second and hopefully my last surgery was in 2016 I don’t remember if I filled in any documents, but I remember I was asked a lot of questions by the doctors. I think that now you receive these forms before entering at the doctor so it would be better to arrive 15 minutes early just to have time to complete those documents.
What is your anesthesiologyt doctor will tell you during this consult?
Here, I won’t lie to you: it depends. It depends on the doctor, his time, your type of surgery etc. For example, in endometriosis case, it is clear you will have a general anesthesia. “On the paper” the doctor should tell you how he/she will perform this type of anestesia, what are the risks etc.
In fact, he will briefly say some words about those and focus on something else and, of course, will look after all the tests you had to do before surgery (like blood tests, EKG, PAP SMEAR etc.)
Each anesthesiologyst has some “major points” and will ask you about those kind of things. Especially you have previously completed those forms he will surely read.
In some cases, patients may tend to think anesthesiologists are “superficial” but indeed they are just over familiar with this kind of procedures.
What do you need to tell your anesthesiologyst?
And, we’ve come to the most important part of this article.
Besides what you complete, besides what the doctor asks you, you have to be prepared to settle some things straight with your doctor.
I will leave you below what I told my doctor and you will figure it out what you need to include here for your case too.
So, in my case, my fears were about my pulse which was, in general higher, and my blood pressure rather low. I told them that, they wrote it down and said it was ok.
Then, I was afraid that I will feel that tube they insert on the neck as I am very narrow there and I thought I might choke or something.
One of the doctors came and consulted me, told me he had patients with a narrower throat than me and that, anyway, I won’t be conscious when I will have that tube.
I also told them I had asthma and an “almost always” stiffed nose because of an allergic rhynitis. They again wrote it down and, indeed, after the surgery and during the hospitalization days I didn’t have any problems with that.
Other friends of mine had the hear of not “waking up” during the surgeries or not waking up at all – this is literally impossible, but you may ask your doctors just to feel safer.
What happens if you forget telling the doctor something you think it’s important
Nothing! Doctors are well prepared! They have protocols for everything so if something goes wrong they will immediately solve it.
And, for those of you who wonder how my anesthesia took place I will write it again here this part from my "endometriosis surgery explained": I didn't feel anything, it was not an anesthesia with "the mask", they just put something in the butterfly needle and that was it. I woke up several hours after in the medical ward.
The anesthesia as well as the endometriosis surgery is not a problem for you, as a patient. For you, nothing can go wrong, technically speaking. You might experience mild and moderate pains after surgery, you might find staying in hospital difficult, but that part of surgery is not a problem for the patient.
Especially if you have surgery with a team of great, specialized in endometriosis surgery doctors you shouldn’t worry. Not even if that team is not “specialized” for endometriosis as anesthesia and its protocols are the same for all doctors and I do believe nothing can go wrong in this respect.
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