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Education Have you had major surgery?

Discussion in 'General' started by teacherboy, 12 Sep 2012.

  1. G0UDG

    G0UDG helping others costs nothing

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    Ive had surgery for a hernia not long after I was born and recent keyhole surgery on my left shoulder for a rotary cuff injury which has left me with 2 frozen shoulders, I have only limited movement in both arms as the injuries are on both shoulders caused by a seizure I had. Im On High strength (10 mcg/hour ) Buprenorphine Transdermal patches for the pain, The surgeon has refused to work on the right shoulder as I almost didnt make it out of the first op due to chronic epilepsy,Angina and asthma.
     
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  2. julianmartin

    julianmartin resident cyborg.

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    Nice one dude!

    Another cardio patient here - currently rocking a defibrillator and 2nd pacemaker, no OHS since I was about 3 months old but plenty of little ops over the years.

    Fun pic of my defib burn that they gave me during my last op, in which you can also see my original scar like yours but mine is 25 years old:

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    Anyone want to see a pic of my defib? it's a mahoosive lump under my skin, makes some people feel a bit sick...ha!
     
  3. G0UDG

    G0UDG helping others costs nothing

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    +++ REP to all who survived major surgery and have stayed positive and focused well done to you all
     
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  4. Cei

    Cei pew pew pew

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    LMWH = Low Molecular Weight Heparin = Clexane = Enoxaparin

    Definitely is widely used in the UK, just under a range of brand names, Clexane being one. It's usually preferred post-surgery as an anti-thrombolitic as it doesn't need regular monitoring like warfarin (ie: constant INRs) and can be reversed with a shot of protamine. However in your case, you need the warfarin!

    My other half had abdominal surgery just before the summer resulting in a surgical wound from the navel down to the pubic symphysis, and was on Clexane for 30 days. Of course, she couldn't bring herself to do the injections (stings like a bee apparently), so I had to do them for her - much more fun than practicing on models in the hospital!
     
  5. Archtronics

    Archtronics Minimodder

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    Congrats knew you would be alright!!

    Not really major but I had my top jaw reconstructed a while ago, while I was being put to sleep the nurse couldn't get the needle in my arm and was faffing for ages. I then woke up and realised I had in fact dreamed the whole thing.
     
  6. julianmartin

    julianmartin resident cyborg.

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    this is uncanny - the two pills I am on are bisoprolol and ramipril as well!
     
  7. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Let's just say that after a bout of pancreatitis a couple of years ago, Bit-Tech users now have lower than the average number of gallbladders per capita.
     
  8. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    You all have bigger balls than me. Even if it was essential for me to live I'm not sure if I could go through with it, ironically the thought of not waking up after is too terrifying for me.
     
  9. knuck

    knuck Hate your face

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    meh

    If you have to go to surgery, just go with the flow. That's what I did. I went to the hospital, followed their orders, layed on a bed and waited until I fell asleep, which came much faster than I thought it would. The surgery itself is nothing, regardless of the type. You just can't feel anything.

    If there is one tip I can give it is to go take a crap before the surgery. I was soooooooooooo glad that I did because I couldn't move for over half a day after that and I was afraid I would lose control of my bowels during the surgery. How humiliating would that be :hehe:
     
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  10. Invictus.

    Invictus. Minimodder

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    Am glad it all went well.. I haven't had major surgery but have had arthroscopic reconstructive shoulder surgery (mix of a small rotor cuff tear, bankart, tear in the capsule and a SLAP from what I can remember) and spent ages before looking up on it all.. the anesthetic was weird.. 1 second talking the next waking up 6 ish hours later (was told before it'd be 1-2 hour op, turned out to be 5 ish)

    Managed to get full movement back around 3 months before I was originally told would be possible and then back lifting weights etc. a few months early too and now only have 3 small scars luckily :)


    Either way hope the post op stuff all goes well :)
     
  11. Cei

    Cei pew pew pew

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    Good advice to just go with it.

    As for bowels, the morphine most people are on afterwards causes reduced gut motility - ie: gives you constipation.
     
  12. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    I just like the fact that I technically had plastic surgery. ;)

    Hmm, I could make my scar into a third boob, a processor- the possibilities are endless! :D
     
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  13. teacherboy

    teacherboy Part Carbon/Nylon/Bovine

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    First point is my experience although they gave me 3 tamazepam prior to anaesthetic.

    On the second - I was eating jalapeño peppers for 3 days before and trying my best to eat low residue food (not over-processed garbage but good quality protein) as I knew this was coming........
     
  14. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    I'll tell you what though teacherboy, we were both lucky to have our surgery go perfectly. You're just lucky you didn't have the NHS make an almighty cock up prior to that. When I first spotted a very weird mole, we went to 3 different GP's and specialists. They all said, "leave it for a year, and see how it goes". One of them was good enough to take a sample of this place on my skin.

    About 7 months later, we were called back by the specialist to be told that I had melanoma skin cancer. Turns out this sample had been sent all over the country and nobody could figure it out. That was the conclusion.

    I just thought I would warn you all, get anything suspicious checked early, and don't let the doctors leave it. If I'd let this cock up continue for any longer than it had, the chances of me surviving were about 5%, and it was already such a low percentage before they found out.
     
  15. Joey Propane

    Joey Propane What's a Dremel?

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    The last time I was in the hospital was when I was around 5-6 years old. The muscles (and/or tendons, i'm not sure) on the right side of my neck basically stopped growing so the older I was getting, the more to one side my head was pulling over.

    I have a 4" scar just above my collar bone now, though most people get told it came from fighting a bear/shark/tiger obviously...

    I literally haven't stepped foot into a hospital since, i'm 25 next January.
     
  16. teacherboy

    teacherboy Part Carbon/Nylon/Bovine

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    INR was 3.3 this morning :rock::rock:

    Warfarin algorithm on computer still wants me to take 15mg per day though :jawdrop::jawdrop:

    Still - getting stronger and now going to attempt buying the baby girl some new shoes in town, will be knackered afterwards no doubt!
     
  17. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    I had such a hard time after my ops, lots of coffee cured it!
     
  18. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    Well i never get into the big surfery. But as anaesthesiologist i take part in a hundreds (thousands) of them... some times i have pants full of $**t ;)

    send from my BLADE via tapatalk
     
  19. Archtronics

    Archtronics Minimodder

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    Doesn't coffee increase blood pressure tho?
     
  20. andrewbarke

    andrewbarke What's a Dremel?

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    I Couldn't fault the NHS really, woke up with a pain in my side monday, thought id just slept funny, still there tuesday so rang the GP got an appointment for 3pm that day, got poked and prodded by her to be told, "you've got an appendicitis, you're off to hospital", great i thought, well she rang them there and then, luckly they had a bed, got to the hospital around 5:30, was poked and prodded again, which confirmed the GP's thoughts, had the operation at 11:50 that night, was discharged by 7pm the next day. couldn't be happier.

    one word though, belly button scars dont half itch.

    but all in all congrats to teacherboy for not only having the surgery, but also recovering so quickly!!
     

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