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    So in a few months Im off in for a hernia op, as a day patient.
    In the consultancy I had it was confirmed as a hernia and they told me the day. But that was about it, I was expecting either another appointment or some more information.
    So a week before I go in for tests, what would happen here?
    Then a week later I have the op, I will be put to sleep and then allowed home later in the day, but cant drive for 10 days.

    I dont like needles but this has to be done.
    what happens on the day of the OP i have an opponent time of 7:00, am I allowed to take someone with me, do I need someone with me? I just dont know

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattDLEA View Post
    I will be put to sleep
    hope it's not that bad!

    do I need someone with me?
    presumably, unless you are walking distance from the hospital?

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    Hi Matt,

    the best thing to do would to talk to your consultant about the worry's you have.

    as for the needles i know how you feel I'm petrified of them.

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    When I went in for a day op, a couple of years ago. The hospital didn't like the idea of someone waiting around in the hospital and said that they would ring to notify them I was out of surgery. You will need someone to drive for you.

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    If you're having a general anesthetic, you'll definitely need an escort out of the hospital. Last time I had one, I didn't get over the effects for about a week. That was not a good week, I can tell you.

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    Really, I was expecting to get some work done at home on those days

    So it would be possible for someone to come with me and stay until they get me sorted. then they would go home?

    How do you get hold of a consultant?

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    Dude, seriously, don't do any work if you've been signed off sick. You're signed off to rest and recuperate. Working during that time is not going to do yourself any favours. You won't get thanked for it. You may even get told off by your HR department if you do it.

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    Wife had this done after a hernia caused by C section. She had the keyhole surgery. They didnt let me in the hospital told me to clear off until 5pm (when they close that bit of hospital as there's no inpatients).
    On her letter it said bring your own pain relief. Now I don't want to worry you but if they try that on demand something prescription only as wife was in a fair bit of pain afterwards. At the very least you want to ask for 500mg/30mg Co-codamol

    Good luck it'll be worth it in the end.

    Friend didn't have an op on hers as she has a heart condition and they refused to operate and now she has more out than in and is on morphine and they're going to have to operate but now it's major surgery instead of the easy fix

    Do NOT do any work, seriously bed rest. Im assuming they're going to use the mesh method to repair your hernia you don't want to get up (even sitting upright) straight away, just take the time out and chill

    I had the sedation for a gastroscopy recently and it put me right out (not supposed to) but that Diazepam hit me for six and I went the next 2 days feeling so ill I was telling the wife to put a pillow over my head, so whenever you're having something like anesthetic you need to rest after
    Last edited by Bananas; 25th March 2014 at 12:57 PM.

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    You will turn up at 7:00 - you can go alone or take someone but you can't drive home so you'll need to make arrangements to be collected and for someone to stay with you. They will book you in and give you a backless nightie to wear, some forms to sign and so on. You should meet the Anaesthesiologist and surgeon and can ask them questions - make sure they have the right details in the notes - last time I went for day surgery his notes had the wrong information - it said right instead of left. I nearly hit the roof. Make sure you are happy before they put the canula in your hand. A nice anaesthetist will take time to talk to you about your preferences and you CAN request to be put out by gas and air. Don't be pressured. I've had 3 day surgeries and the experience with the anaesthetist makes all the difference. 2 were great - wonderful experiences and one was a horrible rude man. If you are afraid of the needle you CAN ask for gas. It smells of fake plastic strawberry but it's the last thing you'll remember lol.

    You'll sit around in your backless nightie for a while until it is your turn for surgery where they will arrive to wheel you down either on the bed or in a wheelchair to the anaesthetic room. They'll do the anaesthetic and the next thing you know you're waking up. They will probably keep you around for an hour or two for obs, might make you eat something. I react badly to GA and my blood pressure drops like a stone so we always request a fluid drip or I faint everywhere.

    Once they are happy with you you sign a release form and go home.

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    I've had gas, it was for dental surgery. Blooming awesome, whilst breathing in the gas I thought I was still waiting for the op outside and on the table. Time was all messed up, the next thing I was waking up..

    I walked out with a very drunk body

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    Our little boy was in for a hernia removing last week - there were two appointment times, 7 or 12, we were told to turn up at 12 but not seen until 4.30 (not great when 4 years old and only allowed a light breakfast!).

    He was put under for about 30-40 mins, came round just fine, and was bouncing around the room a couple of hours later. We've struggled stopping him running/jumping as the doctors recommended.

    Hope you have as speedy a recovery as he did!

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    Cheers fokes,
    Banana can I ask whats your opinion on going up and downstairs? Also I have a little one she'll be 1 and half then I take it youd advise against lifting her and looking after her by myself in the days afterwards. Im assuming MESH too.

    AM can you explain about the canula and the gas and air... So can i be put under before the canula?

    Dom A few guys at my running club said they were back out having gentle jogs after two weeks. Hopefully this is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattDLEA View Post
    Cheers fokes,
    Banana can I ask whats your opinion on going up and downstairs? Also I have a little one she'll be 1 and half then I take it youd advise against lifting her and looking after her by myself in the days afterwards. Im assuming MESH too.

    AM can you explain about the canula and the gas and air... So can i be put under before the canula?

    Dom A few guys at my running club said they were back out having gentle jogs after two weeks. Hopefully this is the case.
    The canula will need to be in before you are put under afaik - they're meant to be pretty painful... but it's what they'll use to put you under (and bring you back round).

    Where is your hernia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    The canula will need to be in before you are put under afaik - they're meant to be pretty painful... but it's what they'll use to put you under (and bring you back round).

    Where is your hernia?
    Cheers Dude just what I wanted to hear

    Its a inguinal one

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    Don't worry @MattDLEA canula's are not too bad. A lot depends on the person putting it in. They will take good care of you and WILL listen to you about your fears.

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