(Closed) I have to have a lump removed… anyone have twilight?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My mom removed her left breast all together. Then later right at the cut line she had a lump. She had the lump removed in the hospital and stayed for a day or two. I will have to ask if she had that IV or not. I am more then sure she was put to sleep for both events. 

When she had the lump removed she was hurting for a few days. Oddly enough when she had the lump removed she was already in the hospital for something else. So, she was about to get pain meds there. But she doesn’t care for them. I will have to ask her about this. 

Good luck. I know it is a very stressfull moment in your life. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Do they mean they will give you an amnesiac? Some medications prevent you from making memories, so you won’t remember what happened. Or do they mean something that is meant to relax you? I don’t believe that “twilight” is an actual medication name, so I’d need more info.

Anyway, I have had IV sedation for procedures before. I’ve had propofol which basically puts you to sleep. Or at least, in theory, I have Ehlers-Danlos, so I don’t react to most medications like that they way other people do. They don’t work on me. So I kept waking up. But that is atypical. I’ve also had IV sedation for MRI’s because I’m claustrophobic. That basically just relaxes you, and while I remember the test, I had no anxiety.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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daniellemc:  Sorry you are going through this! I can’t speak on the recovery time for the lumpectomy, but I did go under twilight for a dental implant. I didn’t feel anything more than pressure (no pain – and they were drilling into my jaw!) and I was completely calm. I was awake and responsive but didn’t mind the procedure at all. You come out of it pretty quickly, though you will be sleepy. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I had IV twilight anesthesia for a recent medical procedure. It was not bad at all. While the anesthesiologist was talking to me, I just (it felt like) fell asleep. I don’t remember any of the procedure; the next thing I remember is waking up in the recovery room. I felt a little fuzzy and out-of-it for the rest of the day, but I made sure to have family home with me, so it was no big deal. The whole thing was non-traumatic and very easy on me as a patient. To be honest, it felt a little like when you sneak a nap on a long car trip–one minute you’re awake, the next you’ve dropped off for a quick snooze, then you’re up. Also be assured that while you are under twilight, a whole team will be watching and monitoring you very carefully to ensure that you’re safe.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I know someone who’s had that and they way the Drs explained to him is it’s basically the date rape drug. (Don’t let that scare you, it’s just a basic analogy) You’ll be completely out of it, probably won’t remember a thing, but you’ll be awake and responsive if they need you to move positions. It’s what they use for colonoscopies.

I’ve never had it so maybe someone who has can confirm or deny what it’s like.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

OP i went through it! I had a fibroedenoma (spelling?) a couple of years back. It started off at 6cm in diameter when i first felt it and about less than a year later it grew to the size of an egg. It wasn’t malignent (again spelling? sorry!) but i still had to get it removed for a couple of reasons: 1) it was VERY uncomfortable..like VERY. Painful at times and sleeping was awkward bc it felt weird depending on the positions i would lay in. 2) because there may have been a possibility of cancerous cells growing underneath the tumor that no one could see unless it was out. 

So…i had the surgery done (no worries bee, it was the easiest procedure anyone has ever heard of) you’re in and out in one day and have to take a few days off of work (no driving allowed). A couple of biopsies afterwards and painkillers but honestly, you have nothing to be nervous about. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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daniellemc:  Oh bee please do not worry about this. You will see after its all done, your going to go “hey that wasnt so bad”. I was 26 when i discovered it and was alone with no immediate family members in the same state so i went through stages of panic! I cried when i went to the Dr. to get an ultrasound done but she kept assuring me that the probability of it being cancer is very very low. 

3 days should be enough for you to recover. I wasnt in a lot of pain afterwards and i didn’t even think i had any swelling. I just remember the local anethesia (they give you local and general to knock you out). well anyways the local didnt wear off for a couple of days after surgery and that was the weirdest part though. Feel free to personal message me whenever you want or whenever you are worried and need to talk to someone who has gone through it. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

oh and btw…the scar is SO tiny i dont even notice it most days 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee

So they are probably talking about a medication that prevents you from making memories.

Ha! Wikipedia can be your friend. 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight_anesthesia

So it’s basically propofol and a -pam medication. The -pams are for anxiety and the propofol is sedating, and they keep you from remembering what has happened.

My experience with it, like I said before, was different because I don’t react to those meds, so I do remember the procedure and I kept waking up and being combative (I had a tube down my throat). But I know a lot of people who have these for colonoscopies and other outpatient procedures, and it is super easy for them and they feel very comfortable.

Don’t be afraid of general anesthesia, either. I had it for a surgery I had and I was petrified for absolutely no reason at all as it turns out, and now I feel like the biggest baby. The whole experience was so easy. The only side effect I had was a migraine, but I get those a lot.

You’ll do fine!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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daniellemc:  it gives me a great feeling to know I can help. And this goes for any bee out there that is going through this. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. 

its very scary because your mind just naturally rushes to the worst possible scenario. Like I said after they remove the lump they will take it to biopsy to see if cancerous cells grew underneath. At least that’s what they did with me. But just know that the chances of cancerous cells are very slim to none. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I was put under ‘twilight’ when I had a procedure to unclog my tear duct and I didn’t remember much of anything. I think I fell asleep. I’ve had two fibroadenomas removed. The first surgery I was 18 and wasn’t even put under. I was wide awake and they numbed me. The most recent procedure I was just off a few days. The surgery was on a Tuesday and I went back to work the next Monday ( I have every Friday off anyways). Both times it went smoothly and I potentially may get them again over the years. I currently have super small ones still there.

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