Surgery Anyone?

surgical instruments - Surgery anyone?
Philippines
July 15, 2008 11:35am CST
Good day...I know some of us here might have underwent surgery? Maybe one as simple as an outpatient procedure like excision of a lipoma? or a general surgery such as appendectomy? or cholecystectomy (gall stone removal) or other surgical procedure? I want to know how it turned out? The wound healing? Are you prone to keloids? How was you post op recovery? Care to share?
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I have never had surgery before but my son did when he was 4 years old. He had his tonsils and adnoids out and had tubes put in his ears. He also had some dental work done in the hospital he recovered very fast from all of it. He is 12 now and doesn't remember it.
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• Philippines
15 Jul 08
good day... good thing that the tonsils removed when they're needed to.
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
15 Jul 08
When I was 15 I had an appendectomy. I heal very slowly as I have a rare blood disorder and am missing a the component in one's blood that helps to heal and fight infections. So it took my body about 5 months to heal when they had said i "back to normal" after 6 weeks. In the end I was in and out the hospital because of it about 5 times spending a week at a time on IV in the hospital. The doctors treating me wouldn't believe my mom about the blood component because she couldn't remember the name of the syndrome and they were too lazy to look at my medical records. I have the name now because I insisted on having someone go back into the records 3 years ago and finding out.
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• Philippines
15 Jul 08
good day.. I'm curious about that blood component. Are you a hemophiliac? Is that factor VII that's missing in your clotting factors just curious. In my country I've never encounter patient's with bleeding disorders and it really intrigues me.
@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Being 11 at the time of diagnosis - I dont remember every thing that was told other than that there is no cure for it. My symptoms started out as bruises and cuts and such not healing and getting infections VERY easily starting around the time i was 9. I went through 5 or 6 blood tests a week and 10 specialist visits a year for the next 2-3 years before they decided what was wrong with me. If i look it up it says "single enzyme deficiency, phytanol coenzyme A hydroxylase, the gene for which (PAHX) is found on chromosome 10" If i eat less beef and fatty foods I dont exhibit as much of symptoms. http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/40001285/
@Valenas (1509)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I've not really undergone surgery, as far as I know, but I had to be knocked out three times for two different types of procedures. The first two, they were putting in or taking out tubes for my ears. The last time, I had to have stitches where I would have a baby, because I rode through some gravel, and ended up falling on my kickstand. I don't quite know how it happened, but it did. I was only seven or eight at the time, and they had to knock me out in order to stitch me back up. The wound has since healed, although they said that there is a part that would not, and that there would definitely be scarring.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Hi there! Through the years, I've had several procedures done in my mouth on my teeth. I'll spare you the details, but on one particular occasion, my brother and I were playing video games at a friend's house while my parents visited with another parent...correction, he was playing video games, and I was watching, wishing I could play too. (LOL) I must've been 10, which would mean my brother was 8 at the time. I kindly asked him to give me the controller so I could play next round, but he refused. You'll never guess what we were playing...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! (LOL) Did I age myself just then? Maybe not. Ha, ha. Needless to say, my parents ended up forcing him to give me the controller so I could have a turn. Instead of just handing me the controller, he forcefully tossed it my way without even looking...a gashed a "V" shape in my two front bottom teeth. OUCH! That was going to leave a mark...a mark worth $1,000's! Now 15 years later, I've undergone several rounds of bonding, which was only a temporary (and what I would consider cheap - in looks, not in cost) covering to make the missing portions of my teeth look like they were there. The bonding was so temporary that I could accidentally knock it out just by flossing my teeth. The next step up from that was the root canal I had on each tooth. That was lovely. Luckily, I was young enough to where I didn't have to pay for all this...thanks to my parents handling the financial end of it. Next step were the crowns for each tooth. That was a relief over 10 years later having some permanency to my bottom teeth again. A couple years after the porcelain crowns were in place, my dentist discovered not one, but two infectious masses that were turning into cysts in between the roots of those two teeth. The cysts were literally pushing my roots apart, making them very weak. The dentist couldn't do root canals again because he'd have to drills through my (expensive) porcelain crowns. The cost that would've incurred would turn into about $2,000, if not more. So the dentist decided to send me to an endodontist, who specializes in this type of thing...and sure enough, I was going to have surgery. Rather than going down through my teeth to get the infection out, the new dentist was going up through my gums to get to my roots and the infected area between them. Kind of cool if you think about it...but quite annoying at the same time. I found out the surgery was going cost $1,600! However, thanks to my wonderful dental insurance, I only had to pay about $350 of it out of pocket. Later on, my health insurance kicked in because it was surgery and considered a medical procedure. I think I paid $140 total for that surgery. It was a miracle! The surgery itself was quite interesting. Since I've had so much done with my teeth, it honesty didn't phase me. I was awake during the entire procedure. They numbed everything in my mouth pretty much, even my tongue, I think. (LOL) Those shots weren't fun until I wasn't able to feel them anymore. Ha, ha. After that, the dentist made a cut right across the front of my bottom gums. I could tell he was picking the infection out with his pick or whatever it's called. He was pressing really hard too. They even had to send a sample of the infection out (just to make sure it wasn't cancer, of course). Thankfully, it showed negative for anything like that. When the majority of the surgery was complete, I got eight stitches. It doesn't seem like much, but when it's in the mouth it seems a lot more in such a small space. I even felt the last two stitches go in. YIKES! That was my least favorite part of the whole thing. I just about fell asleep during the surgical procedure. I know it's far from any medical procedure you normally hear about, but it's considered surgery regardless since they had to cut open the skin. I got my stitches out in a week. In fact, the endodontist even told me that the mouth (gummy tissue, etc.) is the fastest healing part of the body! I thought that was great and was quite surprised just how fast it healed. I didn't have too much pain after that...more annoyance than anything from feeling those stitches in there. It almost felt like the brackets of braces only a little softer and lower down in my mouth since it was on my gums and not on my teeth. I healed up really quickly. During recovery, I don't remember anything special I had to do necessarily...no, I lied. I had to swish with this special anti-germs mouth wash a week or two before the surgery and a week or so after (until it ran out). I also had a prescription for Vicondin (or however you spell it, which I didn't fill, by the way, because I didn't want to get hooked!) I also had another to keep my mouth from getting infection. The endodontist also gave me one for Ibuprofen, which I did fill instead of the stronger stuff. That seemed to work just fine. Other than that, nothing much was different. I obviously couldn't drink out of a straw for a little while, couldn't bite into certain things for the first couple of days, and couldn't really brush my bottom teeth...didn't really want to anyway. I healed up pretty quickly, though. It wasn't too bad. It was much better than the only other surgery I had, which was getting my wisdom teeth removed. (I didn't like the puffy chipmunk look that resulted from my one bottom wisdom tooth being removed - I only had three wisdom teeth.) I think the eight-stitches surgery was much better even though they didn't give me the dissolvable stitches like they do for after having wisdom teeth removed. I think the entire procedure overall was not only a great success, but just about as painless as it could've been. Great discussion!
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
wooh.. thanks for sharing. it's quite long but nevertheless very interesting, honestly I've never seen dental surgery but I'm glad yours was a success. I'm also glad that your parents have the insurances that you needed in the procedure at least it buffers your expenses.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it because it proves you read probably one of the longest responses I've ever written! (LOL) Who would've known dental surgery could've become so...detailed...unfortunately for me, my parents' dental insurance ran out right before the surgery; however, I got such a great deal on my surgery (thanks to excellent insurance I have through my job) that I didn't really take a hard hit at all. Fortunately, they covered the two or three years while I had braces. Those things are expensive! (LOL) Thanks again for your comment. It's a great discussion.
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
18 Jul 08
You are amazing! Thanks so much for best response on this discussion. I apologize that you had to read such a long and grueling response (LOL), but I appreciate your thoughtfulness in awarding me this honor. I obviously had a lot of fun with this one! Thanks again and keep posting great discussions! Take care and have a wonderful day, my friend.
@lynn2457 (500)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Hello blackmantra_x, Hope your day is a good one, surgeries, wow, I have had my tonsils, gall bladder, appendix, and a few more things done. I heal great, there was only one time, I had problems, and it was a side effect on some medication, other wise, I have had 6 surgeries in my life, and all but one with one side effect, and that was not that major. I guess, I heal well, I move a lot, and do hard to keep going, with out exhausting my body or myself, well, accept one time, this one surgery, I had done and in 3 weeks afterwards, was church 'family' camp and I wanted to go, I was silly, I walked to the waterfall and do lots and lots of walking, I opened a stitch, but that healed also, never worry, I pray before surgery, and have peace and move on. Good luck if you are having surgery, it is dangerous, I am told, but at the same time in today's technology, the doctors are pretty wise. Take care. thanks for asking :D
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
good day..Thanks I'm having a good one and it's god that you went through your surgery well. Prayers do help.
@lynn2457 (500)
• United States
17 Jul 08
All ways, thanks, and yes, they did go well, :D
@im_tiggs (144)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Oh Surgery, I have had numerous surgeries and the thought of another, which I know I WILL have just haunts me. I am not happy about another one too soon. The earliest surgery was when I was 41/2 and I was in a car accident. We were wrapped around a telephone pole and I broke my nose and and my face torn up, leading to plastic surgery in my mouth and on my face. The dr was amazing- you cannot even tell. Then I had a umbilical hernia at age 13. Then I have had Oral surgery for wisdom teeth, to get them cut out. I had chopped my big toe with a hatchet on my R foot so I had to have surgery - due to a broke toe also. I had back surgery 3 times. 1988, percutaneous discectomy (HORRIBLE -i pray no is offered this for back surgery),1988 microdiskectomy and May 1991, laminectomy- due to this surgery, I ended up going thru all this other surgery. I then had numerous epidural steroid blocks- (at least 40- MO LIE) in 22 years. I have also had 3 stimulator trials and 3 implant and revisions of spinal column stimulator and interstim. I think that is enough times at the hospital.. I still have my tonsils and appendix though- Unfortunatelt, I know I am going to have surgery again...It's a given with the stimulators due to revision and battery changes. I pray no has to go thru what I go thru..although I know some people in the world somewhere si suffering more then myself and I am blessed everyday that i know I dont have to deal with surgery again. :) Good Luck and good health to all. (i can go into more details if you would like to know something- but just listing took long enough-lol)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
Hi there man those are critical surgery all in the spine. It's good that all went well. Good luck to your next surgery and hope it'll be the last also.
@rbailey83 (1400)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
about 5 years back i had to have jaw surgery. They had to go in, break the backs of my jaw, slide it forward and bolt it back together. When i went the first time, the jaw broke in the wrong direction so they had to bolt it and wait 8 months for the jaw bone to heal and then i had to go in again to have it done a second time. Recovery wasn't bad, definately got sick of soup, it was painful
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
good day.. glad you've come out of it ok. That kind of surgery is handled by ENT (head and neck doctor). Yes, when you got stitches on your jaw, soap is the way to go (rhymes).
• United States
16 Jul 08
June 27th, 2008 I had my very first surgery. They took out my gall bladder. The pain was more then I thought it was, but over all it went well. My two year old son stayed with his grandparents for the first week. He probably should have stayed a little longer since he hurt me (on accident). But it has been just over two weeks and my five small incisions are looking really good and it only hurts every now and again.
@im_tiggs (144)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I had the same gallbladder surgery. I am so thankful that it wasnt the traditional cut. Isn't it ridiculous how something so small can hurt really bad. I am glad that you are on the mend. Life will only get better now and you will be able to eat what you want and do anything before long. Good luck and hope you continue to recover. Did you save the gallstones? LOL
@Virgie60 (556)
• United States
15 Jul 08
This probably isn't the type of surgery that you are looking for but in January of this year I had surgery to put a plate and 6 screws in to repair a broken bone in my arm. I was awake for the surgery and everything went fine. But even 6 months later the incision still looks a little red. But then I am a redhead with fair skin so it is more noticeable I think. Do you need to have surgery in the future? I might also need to surgery on my thumb as I have a trigger finger that is bothering me.
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
good day..you've underwent orthopedic surgery. What caused your broken arm? I'm not looking forward to any surgical procedure in the future but who knows I might need one.
@zeroflashx2 (2489)
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
Hey there! Well, it was just an out patient procedure. I had a big mole that's been bothering me when I was in college. It was small before that but it started to get big and is already protruding. I was concerned as it might be cancerous in nature so I had it checked and ultimately removed. It was near my chin and it was just a simple procedure. It went ok. Just a little bloody as there was a mirror where I can see it. It was that bad and left few scars. I was just 3 or 4 stitches and I was ok right after the mini-surgery. It healed pretty quick though.
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
good morning. yes if it look suspicious have it biopsied and have it removed.
• United States
15 Jul 08
A few years ago I had to have a form of heart surgery that was pretty dangerous. Fortunately it went very well and I was out of the hospital within 24 hours! And, while I am prone to keloids (I actually have a big one on my chest from when I was a child), the scars healed perfectly and I can't seem them at all today. It's definitely scary getting surgery, especially when it's something as critical as heart surgery, but doctors have been cutting people open and sewing them shut for hundreds and hundreds of years. You're more likely to die from a car crash (or be attacked by wild boars) than to die from surgery, at-least, if you go to a good hospital with quality doctors.
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
Yes.. your right. If yo have passes the cardio-pulmonary clearance then most likely you'll have a successful surgery but still heart surgery is still a risky one no matter how conventional the procedure is.
@misty99 (736)
15 Jul 08
Hi blackmantra.....had a lipoma removed few weeks ago (last week of June).It was the third surgery of the same problem at the same spot.The first two excision was outpatient-t'was back home.I was admitted on the third time here in Middle East.I was in the hospital for three days-maybe it was for the better.I just rested,did not move much nor carry heavy things.I am not prone to keloids,though it sure is a long scar.It was okay,hope it won't grow again.
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
good day.. lipoma tends to recur specially when the capsule wasn't thoroughly excised.
@Carrie26 (1587)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I had laproscopic gallbladder surgery.I had real bad pain in my back throughout my first pregnancy and the gyno said it was just my muscles hurting from being pregnant and to take tylenol.Well after I had my son it still continued.It hurt so bad I probably wouldnt have cared if someone kicked me in the back.That is how bad it was.It was in the middle and went up to the top and my sides.My stomach also felt tender to the touch at the top of my stomach.Well when I went to ER the Er doctor said my liver test he did was elevated and that he was surprised the gyno doctors(I had 3 different ones)didnt detect it when they did my blood tests.SO someone wasnt doing thier job.And it really wasnt all in my head.LOL.When I had my surgery the doctor that did the surgery said I had alot of them.Too many to count.I lost about 10 pound from them taking them out.No kidding.It hurt though when I went home because when I went to get up I had an incision in my belly button area and I had to hold a pillow their when I got up for a couple of days.I also had two incisions in my side.Thanks goodness they didnt have to do the big cut as they used too.I had pain pills so all in all It wasnt to bad for recovery but something I dont want to do again.I am just glad the pain it over with and no more back pain like that.My stitches also absorbed into my skin so I didnt have to worry about the doctor taking them out.I also got sick in the hospital when they brought our food as we were supposed to have a liquid diet starting out and they gave us solids.Of course all of us in the room(their was about 3 other women who had this kind of surgery done )were do hungary we told the nurse we would eat the solid foods.Well We shouldnt have.I also got sick on the way home in I was discharged from the hospital due to the soild foods.It was basically a one day procedure and I got to leave the same day as long as their wasnt any complications.Sorry so long.I hope you havent fallen asleep.LOL
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
good day.. I hadn't fell asleep. Laproscopic surgery tend to lessen incision size and tissue trauma for faster wound healing. Cholelithiasis is one of the most painful condition a patient coudd experience, it usually occurs when eating a meal.
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
I've had lasik surgery. Does that count? It's a fairly simple procedure which takes around 15-20 mins. depending on where you have it done I guess and what your eye problem is. The recovery time is also fast, only 3 hours if I remember correctly. It wasn't exactly painless, but the pain's bearable compared to other surgical procedures.
• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Glad you asked that. I have been in surgery twice, both in colon. I hate them because I now have an ugly stomach. The keloids are very obvious! I hate the two different hospitals which did the operation. They seems not very efficient and specialized in their field. Or maybe they have no modern device or technology to use because my family brought me to a public hospital. Because of this damn keloid, I cannot undress my shirt for some of the children who saw it were became afraid of me.
@Yazo0_0 (74)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I was in the sixth grade when I had my pretty serious accident. It was a rainy day in April and we went outside for our final recess of the day and my friends and I decided to go to the playground area in our schools and I was acting like an idiot and I decided to go to the metal slide that is designated for the young children between the grades of one and two. I decided to walk up the slide and remember that it was raining this day and I wanted to walk up. I went up slowly and then I had slipped and I banged my mouth and my head against the slide, i swiped my tongue against my top teeth and realized that i couldn't feel My teeth anymore and I decided to panic. I was frantically running around and screaming for help and I asked one of my friends how it looked and he gave me this look like what the F**** and I was really pissed. ONce i got the the orthodontist he put 2 fake teeth that I will have to where until next year. I pay $350 for these teeth :'(
@WATARIKENJI (1534)
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
I underwent a surgery on a cyst when I was a teenager. It was a short procedure but it drained my strenght.
@santau (223)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I have had several surgeries in my life. Two have been on my left foot to remove excessive tissue and to fuse two bones together. These happened when I was two years old and when I was in the third grade. I do not really remember the one when I was two, but the second surgery was outpatient, although I was under general anesthesia, and I left the hospital in the late afternoon. The recovery was very simple but we did get a call from the hospital on the way home stating they had found signs of infection in the operating room and that we should be on the lookout. Two other surgeries I have had have been to place screws in my hips. I had something called SCFE (slipped capital femoral epihisis) where your ball that connects you legs to your hips was slipping out of place. I had emergency surgery the next day to repair it by screwing the bones together I guess you could say. The did the same procedure to the other hip two weeks later. Each time I stayed in the hospital for about a week afterwards and wasn't allowed to walk around for two or three days and had minor physical therapy. I was in the 5th grade at the time. At 19, I had severe pain in my left side of my stomach and went to the emergency room. The next day they removed my gallblader. I had about 5 incisions. The pain was intense for a couple of days. The biggest problem I had with this surgery was the fact that my body could not process fats like it used to, so if I had too much fats, I would have severe stomach pain and diaharrea for about a year. It was very annoying and embarassing for me. Due to my hip surgeries, I face a high risk of future surgeries in my next 10 to 20 years. But they do not really scare me and I am game for whatever happens.