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    Re: Gynae probs

    Hello, I think an update is overdue….

    The last month has been pretty awful for a number of reasons but I feel I am over the worst now. I had a procedure called Uterine Artery Embolization two weeks ago at Guys. After much umming and ahhh ing and 5 trips to see the docs it was decided that they would try the procedure with a local anaesthetic. If it proved too much it was to be abandoned and then rescheduled for a planned general anaesthetic. Sedation was deemed too risky due to my respiratory problems.

    Unfortunately, whilst waiting for the appointment I lost so much blood I had to be admitted locally and given a blood transfusion – I really could have done without that!!! They patched me up and I was put on drugs to get me through to the procedure eithout anymore hiccups.

    There were a few hurdles to get over before the op began. Firstly, the interventional radiologist dojng the procedure thought I was having a general – cue mini wave of panic followed by my sternest most assertive tone explaining exactly what had been agreed. I am however glad we persuaded them to let my Mum and my Carer into the pre-op area as I would have felt awfully vulnerable at this stage. After everything was agreed I was wheeled off to theatre and the first job was to find a vein for a cannula. They couldn’t find one and in the end it had to be put in my groin with the aid of ultrasound to locate it.

    Then the procedure could begin by inserting a catheter into my femoral artery via a small incision. This did not go well due to ky wonky pelvis, I heard the consultant say something about hitting the pelvic bone and the right side had to be abandoned. I never did ask why they prefer to go up the right side. Change to the left artery and everything went to plan, so clever it was – once the catheter was in place a wire was guided through using a dye and xray to check the right path was being taken and then particles were injected to stop the blood supply to the fibroid. I was disappointed I couldn’t watch it on screen but I was lying to flat to be able to see. The most painful bit of the procedure was when the radiologist had to put pressure on the arteries after the catheters came out but I understood why this was necessary – I did think at one point I might go through the table!!

    My ventilator did its job and my breathing remained amazingly calm throughout, was a little bit wobbly when IV tramadol went through but on the whole I felt pretty stable and so glad I had gone for a local anaesthetic. I had to stay in one night and was discharged the following day. The consultant turned out to be brilliant after the initial anaesthetic mix up and came to make sûre I was ok – he has never had a case as complex as mine he said. He certainly had to work hard in the theatre, it was supposed to take an hour and a half but in fact was double that.

    I’ve been back two weeks now and am only just beginning to feel like myself but slowly things are on the up. Bit early to say if it’s all been successful but the signs are good. I have learnt a lot about a lot, in terms of what could have been improved in the whole process leading up to the op, what worked really well and also that I have coping strategies I didn’t know I had.

    There may be more posts of this ilk as I would like to start a discussion on hospital admissions in the near future. Please ask if anyone has any questions – hope to be a bit more active on the forum now :D

    A learning experience is one of those things that say, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.” - Douglas Adams

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    Re: Gynae probs

    BIG HUG …. you had me worried for a while. What a nightmare! Like you I’d be wanting to watch on the tv screen. I be so annoying asking questions, lol.

    Rest steady my friend.

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    Re: Gynae probs

    Glad this has worked out as well as it has.

    It must be a major learning curve for all involved, so at least you have methods now that
    you know work and are tried and tested. Major event though and glad you are on the road
    to recovery.

    Excellent idea to discuss this things and compare notes so that we can all be a bit more informed
    on hospitalisation and associated issues. So many times we have had people reporting the “Medicos”
    themselves very confused over these subjects and even admitting their lack of knowledge and experience
    when confronted with Neuromuscular decisions.

    High up in the list must come Anaethesiology and respiration. My last op in 2012 caused them considerable
    confusion and resulted in the Head of Anaestheology coming to me just five minutes before the operation
    and admitting they were unsure of all the implications and therefore must change plan completely
    and keep me awake through the operation.

    Every bit of information to help the medical fraternity cope with these problems has to help
    both the profession and people like Sarah here trying to cope with this nightmare.

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

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    Re: Gynae probs

    Hi! So sorry to hear about your recent illness. Women’s problems are a huge pain! !
    As for the thread on admissions- Totally agree! Having been through years in hospital with my son (not md) I am only too aware that there is so much to learn and advice can always be passed on. Also, people assume that the folks in hospital always know what they’re doing- in truth, they try but as all patients are different we really are our own experts! I recently had a coil removed and without having a definitive diagnosis I was quite worried about the anaesthetic. I felt quite nervous to ring before hand and I really felt like I was making a big deal about small things. I didn’t want to tell them how to do their job, but one can’t assume that all ppl have communicated effectively! As it happened, the anaesthetist was great and used a different batch of drugs to send me to sleep. The procedure took a lot longer due to that- and the nurses were so considerate and also interested!

    Good luck with your recovery- be kind to yourself. It takes a long time for the body to recover from the trauma of surgery.


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