Post # 1
Im going for a very common outpatient laparoscopic surgery Wednesday to remove a cyst on my left ovary. This will be my second major surgery. For some reason I have an intense fear of going under, and the tendency to obsess over the possibilities of disaster happening. I am 29, and only pre-existing condition is hypothyroidism which I’m on medicine for. I’m an active person, my blood work and labs are all normal as well as blood pressure/lung function. I am overweight which of course is not something I can fix before this surgery but something I am working on, and also something that scares me going in due to increased morbidity rates for people with my BMI. For my last surgery my doctor and anesthesiologist both said I did amazing, responded quickly and without issue to the anesthesia, and I woke up very quickly- in 20 minutes after the procedure and they discharged me another 20 minutes after that (it was an outpatient procedure). Despite knowing this I’m still terrified.
Wondering if any other bees also go through this and what they do that helps. My last surgery it got so bad I was vomiting the night before, and I was bawling the whole way to the hospital. I’d like to try and keep myself more composed this time, but I’m already feeling the panic set in.
Post # 2
hiphoprex : are you allowed to take an Ativan or something for anxiety? Might be worth talking to your doctor about. Good luck!
Post # 3
KittyYogi : that I don’t know I’ve never taken anything like that before. Wish I would have thought of this last week I might have been able to get in with my primary and make an appointment. My OBGYN is doing the surgery.
I know usually they give you something to calm your nerves once your IV is in and it’s wonderful. But I’m going to be a mess up until that point! Got about 4 hours of restless sleep last night.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2018 - San Diego, CA
hiphoprex : 3 weeks ago I went to the ER for intense pain in my side and it turned out to be gallstones. It was so bad they needed to do surgery immediately. So before I could even wrap my mind around it I was getting dressed into a gown and being wheeled down! I was so nervous but I didn’t even have time to think about it. usual me would have obsessed over it just like you and freaked out and needed to be talked down from a ledge lol. My only real advice is that you have no reason to worry. Of course there are always things that can happen but theyre so minimal. if it was even a risk they wouldn’t put you under, and they have people monitoring you the whole time so if you went under they could pull you out before it got bad. you know that once this is all over you’re going to have a wave of relief that you did it and that you don’t have to think about it anymore. instead of focusing on what’s coming just think about what’s happening after
Post # 5
Ug, I’m in the same boat as you. My surgery is next Tuesday and I havent slept for a week already, and i still have a week to go! I agree with the other poster about maybe seeing if you can take something for the anxiety.
Just try to stay in your rational self that it’s routine and you will be fine. I know, easier said than done! Good luck to you!