Have You Had Any Major Operations In Your Lifetime?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
January 11, 2010 4:54pm CST
Earlier I asked about scars and breakages of bones and was amazed at the response so I thought I would start a discussion about ANY operation you may have had in your lifetime. It could be something minor, something major, I don't really mind. Apart from being in hospital after being pushed over and my recent scalding incident I vividly remember being rushed to A&E when I was about 6 years old to have my stomach pumped. The reason? I'd "discovered" some orange flavoured pills in my parents' room and decided to eat most of them! When Mum saw me with orange stains all over my face she knew exactly what I had doneI once had an operation in my mid-20s for a cyst that had to be removed right at the top of my leg (down the crease where the knicker elastic goes) and the Consultant was that impressed with this cyst that it's now in a jar for medical students to examine because no-one can figure out what it was. It's true! Luckily, the cyst wasn't cancerous and I am so glad I had the operation, even though I was apprehensive about it at the time. So, how about you? Have you had one or more operations? Do you need to have one in future? Don't be shy, we are all here to help and support each other, which is what it's all about my friends.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
12 Jan 10
Hi Janey, I had two major operations in my entire life. I underwent two Cesarean sections (CS). I never had any problem with pregnancy but always in giving birth. It was a 50/50 chances for me.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
That must have been frightening for you at the time but at least each was successful, and the result is 2 gorgeous children, so you are blessed my good friend.
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Jan 10
it really frightened me--but i overcame it because my husband and my family were there to support me. i feel i am a queen when i gave birth because they made me feel so special. you are right...god gave me two precious sons. no more traces of pains from the two CS.
• United States
12 Jan 10
When I was fifteen I had to have my tonsils removed. Before hand the doctor warned my mom and I about all the things that could happen, and I went into surgery very nervous, but came out completely out of it and not being able to talk. It was normal until about a week and a half after surgery [you're supposed to be healed within two weeks]. Less than 5% of people who have that surgery hemorrhage... Guess who was in that five percent? Oh yeah. I woke up at nine something in the morning after my friend had been constantly texting me. I wondered why my pillow was so wet, so I sat up and looked. There was blood soaking my pillow, shirt, sheets, and some ran to the floor. I was still bleeding from my throat so I ran into the bathroom and called for mom as I hung over the sink so I wouldn't get blood on the floor. She was on the phone and told me to wait, to which I said "NO! Now!" So she came in and within the minute between me running to the sink and her coming in, the sink was half full of blood. Mom called the hospital in the next town, where I had my surgery, and they told her to bring me in, and not to pull out the large chunk of skin hanging from my throat. Right after mom hung up, it fell out on it's own. My bleeding stopped, and mom took me to the hospital. I had to go back in for a second surgery, so they could stop the bleeding, as the doctor told me that if they didn't go back in it would start bleeding again within the hour. They had to first pump my stomach, because I'd swallowed so much blood. The doctor estimated I'd lost nearly three pints of blood. Scary! But I healed fine, though hated the nasty liquid medicine they made me take! Yuck!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
I suppose I've been lucky. I can't remember ever having tonsilitis but I do know of schoolmates from the past who have had them out. None of them had the same unfortunate experience you have had. All that blood would've freaked me out, you were very brave. It's quite ironic when you think about it that you hated the medicine they gave you. Glad you're ok.
• United States
12 Jan 10
Haha I hated the taste of it. It made me want to gag, like when you smell something awful and then see the mess to go along with it. Plus it was cold so it was mean to my throat, even though I had to take it to make sure I didn't get any infections. Haha, well I'm not easily grossed out. When I was eight my cousin had his two fingers chopped off by farm machinery and I was the only one around, so I had to help him bandage it. I also had to keep the fingers on ice in case they could sew them back on. So I guess I've seen worse. But luckily I haven't had anything more serious, like some of the other people who posted here had!
@dreamnishu (1253)
• China
12 Jan 10
3 months ago i had my tumor operation. Few days ago i had consultant with one doctor she said i have to one more operation. But i feel so afraid about this. My parents they don't know about this. I didn't tell them yet. Otherwise they will cry and will feel tense for me what i don't want. But whenever i remember i feel so scared. I feel cry my mind become so heavy.............
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
I would think that if you told your parents about what is to happen then your mind will not become so heavy. You know what I'm saying? If I were in your shoes then I would tell them. I know you have your own, personal reasons for not telling them but...they are your parents, after all. Good luck.
12 Jan 10
Well major operation wise I have only had one which was surgery on my spine to fuse the L5 - S1 vertebrae. It's not a nice operation and was hopitalized thankfully for just a week after, although the actual recovery period was months. Unfortunately whilst the operation went ok the result of it has not been a success and required regular return visits for steroid injections and epidurals to try and assist in relieving the pain, which for me are nearly as unpleasant as the actual surgery. Due to the condition of my spine I already know that further surgery will be required in the future and so have that pleasure to look forward to, lol.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Oh dear, I'm so sorry that you will have to go through further surgery on your back, it can't be very pleasant. We are all here to support you if you so wish. Backs can be problematic can't they (as other people have testified before you) and I wish you all the luck in the world with future ops.
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
yes, i had two major operations in my lifetime...one, when i was only 18 yrs. old, i was diagnosed with ovarian tumor...my left ovary was taken out, and the right one also was cut and was left only 3/4 of it...my only consolation was that it was benign and not cancerous...and i still have children, a boy and a girl. the other one, when i met a car accident which made my bone from my upper right arm severely cut and need an operation to put it back with steel and screws...i still live my life normal...thanks to God!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
That last one from the car accident sounds painful but I'm so glad you are living your life well. Good for you!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
12 Jan 10
No, I haven't had any major operations before. I guess you could say that I've had 4 minor ones though. Back when I was a teenager I had my wisdom teeth removed. My husband on the other hand has had a few operations in his life so far. He's had repeated operations for one of his legs, as well as operations for his collar bone, hernia, and Achilles tendon. Poor guy has been put together again more times than Humpty Dumpty. LOL Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit, but still he's had quite a few just the same. Hopefully neither of us will have to have any for some time to come. Happy mylotting!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Thank you...and Happy mLotting to you too! I have a wisdom tooth right at the back of my mouth. Luckily, it cannot be removed as it is on its side and not growing upwards as I would HATE having to go to the dentist for removal...I do go, regularly but I can't stand the needle going in the gum and the sound of that hideous drill lol. Your poor hubby..or should I say "Humpty" awww, bless 'im.
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
Not sure if this can be considered but the closest to an operation that I have ever had was when I had an accident with the electric fan in our living room. This was when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. I was moving the fan so I'd get more coverage when it fell on top of my arms, chopping off a finger nail right out of my left ring finger, along with other cuts. I don't remember the pain, but I remember my aunt and big brother wrapping my hand with a hankie, and then us walking to where my parents were having dinner (in another house, in the same community). Next thing I remember was lying in the ER, and seeing my finger looking weird with what seemed like nerves sticking out! My finger was wrapped up for the most part of that summer, but luckily my nail grew back and I have only a scar to remind me of the incident.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
How brave you are my friend. I slammed the passenger car door onto my thumbnail (with gloves on) just under 12 months ago and that was AGONY so I am full of admiration for people like yourself that have had to endure far worse pain than that.
12 Jan 10
I've had a few operations myself... starting with having my spleen out. It's funny but as a teenager I used to always say that I would never have surgery no matter what. I had a lot of fears growing up and being put under anesthesia was one of the many. Boy was I wrong... since I've now had 4 fairly significant surgeries. My spleen was removed due to having a blood condition called ITP. It basically means my spleen started working backwards. Initially they tried to stop this by putting me on steroids (prednisone), but needless to say, it didn't work. So... I am now spleenless. :) It makes for an interesting topic of discussion at times. Next surgery... tonsillectomy as an adult. Easily the most painful surgery out of all of them. It was horrid. They generally do not like to do tonsillectomies on adults due to the difficult recovery, but it was a necessity for me as I was getting strep throat at least once a month. Next!... Laparascopic (small incisions vs large incisions) exploratory abdominal surgery for endometroisis. For those who don't know, it's a female problem that causes quite a bit of pain. Surgery helped. Yay! :) And the final surgery... and hopefully the last for a long time... a gastric bypass. Almost two years ago. I've lost approximately 100 pounds and feel great! :)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Goodness me, you do have an impressive list! It's obvious that all of them have been successful, so from that point of view it's good that you had to go through them (in a perverse kinda way, but you get my drift I'm sure) and I'm pleased you have lost 100 pounds as a result of a gastric bypass. Well done! May I ask what a gastric bypass is as I've seen it mentioned a couple of times on MyLot...is it something to do with stapling your stomach or putting a band round it to make it smaller or am I way off the mark here?
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I had an injured disk in my neck and had surgery to fuse the two vertebra to fix the problem. It was considered to result in a 7.5% disability but I went back to work, tennis and bowling afterwards. Now 30 years later it only bothers sometimes mainly when I have to really crane my neck around to see to back out of my garage because of my crooked driveway.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Well that surgery seems to be a resounding success on your part, it certainly hasn't stopped you from living your life as you want to, good for you.
• United States
11 Jan 10
I kinda answered this in my other comment on your discussion about scars. But yes, I was born with Spinal Bifida, and have had over 20 operations in my life. I actually lost track of the real number, and some were far more serious than others but I have spent more than my fair share of time in the hospital recovering from surgery.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Do you need to have any more operations. Forgive me but I can't remember if you said in my previous discussion whether you need them or not...I think you said you did, am I right? Good luck if you do...and good luck if you don't, actually
• Southend-On-Sea, England
11 Jan 10
Yes I was born with a digestive blockage which had to be operated on. I had that operation when I was 6 weeks old, as it took doctors etc. that long to work out what was wrong with me and why I was throwing up all my baby feeds and losing lots of weight. 55 years on, I still have a huge, deep scar down the middle of my abdomen. I've learned to live with it though.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
It must have been horrendous for your parents not knowing straight away what was wrong with you...or the doctors come to that. Sounds like a life-saving op to me, glad you are ok.
• United States
11 Jan 10
August 20th 09 I had my gastric bypass done. it was very quick and lots of pain. But I am all healed and doing fine now. Except for my hair still falling out of my head.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Oh dear, why is your hair falling out. Is it down to stress or treatment?
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
11 Jan 10
1 knee.. 3 foot ops.. 1 kidney removal because of cancer..parathyroid removal.. 2 hernia's just done last month at the same time and a few minor ones, pretty soon i'll be bionic
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
12 Jan 10
Aww bless you. Judging by your pic you seem to have a positive outlook on life my friend, and long may it continue.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
13 Jan 10
just the 3, my boob job, my right rotater cuff and my gall bladder - I guess if I live long enough either my left shoulder will go, my knees will go or my appendix will go
@jackee (138)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I've had quite a few in my life. Major operation? I believe any time you're cut, it's a major operation. Good things that come with Major Operations are if sucessful you're better, and hopefully your Health Insurance paid for it. Be well
• United States
12 Jan 10
I have had many surgeries to my teeth, but that is only to keep them healthy. I did have toe surgery 2 years ago though, they put novacane into my foot and I could not even feel it after that.
@kafueenu (1073)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I hope I won't, except for giving birth in the future! Which I am not looking forward to! wahh!! hehehe
@gelay07 (589)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I've had 3 major operations. 2 hip replacements and a cyst.
@vivianchen (2648)
• China
12 Jan 10
Hi Janey, No, not yet. I wish i don't have to do any major perations in my whole life. Because i know it's going to be very very pain. Maybe giving birth to a child will be the major operation in my life.