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#1
Tomorrow, I'm getting (very basic, I understand) surgery done. I'll be getting 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted.

The thing is, I am scared to death of the anesthetic. I have this grim fear of needles, and this grim fear of being put to sleep. The combination of the 2 is totally mind****ing me, and I don't want to go to sleep tonight, because I don't want to get put to sleep tomorrow (Ironic, isn't it?). The thought of anesthesia makes me nauseous, give me this horrible feeling in my chest, and makes my body begin to shake.

Is there any way you guys can suggest calming down before this is done? I don't want to be freaking out in the office. I mean, I realize this is kind of silly, but I really am freaking out.

The odd thing is, this has been done to me when I was 8 years old to get my tonsils out, and there were no complications. I don't know what my problem is.
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#2
I had the EXACT same thing done.
What they do is, they insert the IV and begin to casually talk to you while you are strapped to a stretcher. Then before you know it, you are knocked out..

You will probably wake up about 3-4 hours later (For me, it was 8 hours because I had an allergic reaction and began to hiccup) and feel completely hammered. But it wears off after awhile and you return to normal.
#4
Yeah, the dude above me is right. Trust me, it'll be fine. Just start talking to the nurses. Haha, they put me under when I broke my arm to put it back in place, and I was like, "sorry if i sound stupid, but i'm getting really tired".

And that was it. I remember everything being really white, though.
#5
Just think of that movie where the guy wakes up to find that the surgeons are trying to kill him, only to find he can't move his body. Also pointy knives.
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#6
The surgury your getting is nothing. I was awake during the surgury when I was getting them out and the whole procedure took about half an hour so it will be over very quickly. I also did not feel them sticking the needles in my mouth to numb the area. You will probably get some pretty good painkillers too.
#7
yeah vicodin (sp?)

im getting this done soon too, whats this about an IV? im really curious about the whole process and stuff
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#8
Going under general anaesthetic is the most dangerous part of any surgery. Just remember that it is being administered by a trained professional (anaesthetists are the most highly trained doctors there are, pretty much). And if you don't like needles, just kindly ask for gas.

^IV (Intravenous Drips) are fine. They just administer more anaesthetics and painkillers into your body, as well as saline. It's no biggie. Will probably get minorly infected, and it feels f*cking weird when they take it out- it goes a fair way up the vein.
#10
damn look at it this way and wish you werent me:

next month im getting surgery to get my chest repaired (pectus carinatum)

basically, theyre separating the cartilage from my sternum and cutting down the ones that are longer than they should be

so yeah

im pretty nervous already

its gon' hurt like ****
#11
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Going under general anaesthetic is the most dangerous part of any surgery. Just remember that it is being administered by a trained professional (anaesthetists are the most highly trained doctors there are, pretty much). And if you don't like needles, just kindly ask for gas.

^IV (Intravenous Drips) are fine. They just administer more anaesthetics and painkillers into your body, as well as saline. It's no biggie. Will probably get minorly infected, and it feels f*cking weird when they take it out- it goes a fair way up the vein.


They always give you gas. I've never had surgery without gas, and I've been under the knife like 3 times.
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#12
I got shoulder surgery a couple of years ago...

It was awesome, they gave me the option of IV, Gas or Local...being the badass I am I went local and was awake for the whole thing. Not nearly as much blood as I thought there would be they did everything through little holes in my arm, thus avoiding serious scar etc.


To help TS: imagine the anesthesiologist is your favorite porn star, putting you to sleep to have her way with you. then you'll wake up a few hours later, with an incredibly sore jaw and the urge to vomit. Thus you can only assume you spent the time passed out feasting on her sweet ham wallet
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I got shoulder surgery a couple of years ago...

It was awesome, they gave me the option of IV, Gas or Local...being the badass I am I went local and was awake for the whole thing. Not nearly as much blood as I thought there would be they did everything through little holes in my arm, thus avoiding serious scar etc.


To help TS: imagine the anesthesiologist is your favorite porn star, putting you to sleep to have her way with you. then you'll wake up a few hours later, with an incredibly sore jaw and the urge to vomit. Thus you can only assume you spent the time passed out feasting on her sweet ham wallet


That is manly, I would think that could be traumatic depending on the kind of surgery.
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#14
i had it done like 3 days ago. nothing big. they give you drugs and **** and you'll be rockstarring it out for a good 3 hours until you wake up, and youll still be ****ed outta your mind
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They always give you gas. I've never had surgery without gas, and I've been under the knife like 3 times.


I've been under the knife many more times than that (at least once a year until I was 13, and then some more after that), and they stopped giving me gas when I hit 13-14.
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I had the EXACT same thing done.
What they do is, they insert the IV and begin to casually talk to you while you are strapped to a stretcher. Then before you know it, you are knocked out..

You will probably wake up about 3-4 hours later (For me, it was 8 hours because I had an allergic reaction and began to hiccup) and feel completely hammered. But it wears off after awhile and you return to normal.


This. When i got the anesthetic, the doc just talked to me while some bloke stuck an i.v. in my arm. 4 hours later, i emerged from the anesthetic into the best high ever. It's sheer bliss.

If you feel really uncomfortable when you're there, ask them if they have anything to "mellow you out". They'll know what you're talking about
#17
Get this. They didn't even put me to sleep when they yanked my teeth out. All they did was numb me up. Didn't hurt one bit.
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I've been under the knife many more times than that (at least once a year until I was 13, and then some more after that), and they stopped giving me gas when I hit 13-14.


Well I am 13-14.
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Get this. They didn't even put me to sleep when they yanked my teeth out. All they did was numb me up. Didn't hurt one bit.


Normal teeth are a damn sight easier to remove than wisdom teeth. And then you have impacted teeth which require surgery.

Although normal removals aren't that bad... just a tad uncomfortable when the dentists rams a needle into the roof of your mouth.
#20
I had the same thing done a few years ago. I didn't get an IV, they just put a mask over my face and told me to count backwards from 100. I think I got to 93..

Just relax and keep in mind that there are several well-trained professionals watching over you. It'll be fine.
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#21
man i just got mine out like 2 weeks ago and i was exactly the same way as you. i was freaking out and ****. i hate needles. i went in and i was real nervous. they were really nice and they gave me some nitrous. i kept tellin the lady to turn it up and give me more until eventually i felt amazing. the doctor was talking to me and stuff asking me about school and then he says im givin you the iv. and all i said was cool.

so really it seems bad and all but if you can get nitrous i definitely suggest it and afterwards you wake up and its just like wtf just happened and then you stumble out and go home and sit there and watch tv and ****. really theres not much pain afterwards its just annoying only being able to eat soft foods. thats the worst part about the whole experience.
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Get this. They didn't even put me to sleep when they yanked my teeth out. All they did was numb me up. Didn't hurt one bit.

I didn't feel any pain when I had a tooth pulled, just an irritable pinch at the roof of my mouth.
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Normal teeth are a damn sight easier to remove than wisdom teeth. And then you have impacted teeth which require surgery.

Although normal removals aren't that bad... just a tad uncomfortable when the dentists rams a needle into the roof of your mouth.


You know, for DR Phil, you aren't very comforting!
#25
but really man it's nothing to worry about...i had mine out like a year ago and the worst part for me was being a little sick afterwords but it's a really cool feeling after your waking up....but when you get where you can type again and are awake really good let us know how you did
#26
Hey everyone, I'm going to get to sleep now so I can wake up in the morning.

The response has actually been comforting, I really appreciate it... I'll let everyone know how I am when it's over.
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#27
I've had surgery done on me several times. It's actually really fun, and not scary at all!

They'll probably give you Morphine, it's like drugs... You'll feel really woozy! It's the CRAZIEST FEELING EVER (I've never done any drugs, so I'm guessing that's what its like). I felt like I was in heaven... I tried really hard to keep my eyes open, but I fell asleep with my eyes wide open... lol.

Trust me, it's really not that bad. Make sure to flex your arms a lot so the doctor can see your veins better.

Good luck!

Edit:

By the way, if it makes you more comfortable (it worked for me), tell your doctor to guide you through (they might anyway)... You know, do a countdown before the needles etc. It helps a lot.
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#28
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Tomorrow, I'm getting (very basic, I understand) surgery done. I'll be getting 4 of my wisdom teeth extracted.

The thing is, I am scared to death of the anesthetic. I have this grim fear of needles, and this grim fear of being put to sleep. The combination of the 2 is totally mind****ing me, and I don't want to go to sleep tonight, because I don't want to get put to sleep tomorrow (Ironic, isn't it?). The thought of anesthesia makes me nauseous, give me this horrible feeling in my chest, and makes my body begin to shake.

Is there any way you guys can suggest calming down before this is done? I don't want to be freaking out in the office. I mean, I realize this is kind of silly, but I really am freaking out.

The odd thing is, this has been done to me when I was 8 years old to get my tonsils out, and there were no complications. I don't know what my problem is.

I'm having the same procedure done in July. I'm pretty nervous too, but I trust the oral surgeon considering he's done this procedure many many many times throughout his career as an oral surgeon.
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#29
your scared of the anesthetic? just ask not to have it, then you wont feel sick afterwards and they can probably cut out the anesthetic fee(however the surgery will hurt a ton).
#30
wait a minute
if i am getting 2 of my bicuspids removed, will they inject anesthesia in me? i hate needles injecting on my outside skin. i dont mind it in my gums and stuff but their gonna put me to sleep then ima totally freak ou t.
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To help TS: imagine the anesthesiologist is your favorite porn star, putting you to sleep to have her way with you. then you'll wake up a few hours later, with an incredibly sore jaw and the urge to vomit. Thus you can only assume you spent the time passed out feasting on her sweet ham wallet


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Going under general anaesthetic is the most dangerous part of any surgery. Just remember that it is being administered by a trained professional (anaesthetists are the most highly trained doctors there are, pretty much). And if you don't like needles, just kindly ask for gas.

^IV (Intravenous Drips) are fine. They just administer more anaesthetics and painkillers into your body, as well as saline. It's no biggie. Will probably get minorly infected, and it feels f*cking weird when they take it out- it goes a fair way up the vein.


Well, anaesthesiologists are one of the least trained of doctors (length-wise), and usually it's a nurse anethesist (CRNA) in the room with you. All of them are plenty capable, though.

I don't know if you'll be getting general anesthesia, but by the time they give you the Propofol (Diprovan, the milky-white stuff), you have about 5 seconds before you go to sleep. The very next thing you know, you're waking up. It's really cool, actually. I've been in the middle of a conversation with people going to sleep, and they'll go out before they can finish the word they were saying.

It's nothing to worry about.
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Well, anaesthesiologists are one of the least trained of doctors (length-wise), and usually it's a nurse anethesist (CRNA) in the room with you. All of them are plenty capable, though.


Well, in the UK, anaesthesiology is 7 years of training, and more often than not, anaesthesiologists have been in other specialities before that.


EDIT: So yeah, I'd say that anaesthesiologists are amongst the most highly trained doctors, in the NHS at least. And that's 7 years of just anaesthesiology training- they still need the 5 years undergraduate degree in medicine, and possibly the one year internship. So that's 12 years minimum.

2nd EDIT: And surgery residency is more like 4-7 years... so training for a surgeon, depending on specialty, is 8-12 years overall.
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Well, in the UK, anaesthesiology is 7 years of training, and more often than not, anaesthesiologists have been in other specialities before that.


Oh yeah, I'm not down playing their training at all.

I'm sure it's similar to here in the U.S. Four years undergrad, four years medical school, and then two to three years of residency. I'm just comparing that to surgical specialities which are usually 5-9 years of residency.
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Quote by StevenJ128
Well, anaesthesiologists are one of the least trained of doctors (length-wise), and usually it's a nurse anethesist (CRNA) in the room with you. All of them are plenty capable, though.


Indeed, if you complete 4 years of university(usually more) followed by 4 more of med school followed by a certificate or two you too can be one of the "least trained of doctors"
#37
I had to get 4 molars out when I was getting my braces on. Just relax going into it. They know what they're doing.
#38
When I was ten I had surgery on my mouth. I had anesthesia. It's a scary thought but you don't feel a thing.
#39
Hey guys, I'm alive! haha.

It really was just like you guys said, it wasn't bad at all. It actually was a pretty cool experience.

It'd probably scare me if I tried it again, but I think I could do it... Now the only annoyance is icing my face so I don't look like a freakin' walrus, haha.

Thanks a lot guys, you really calmed me down for everything!
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