Have you ever had a surgery/operation?

Indonesia
February 16, 2007 9:21pm CST
If yes, then when and for what reason. Did you feel scared? How many times have you had it? I had surgery twice. The first one was when I was 14 there was something need to be remove near my ear. The second one was 2 weeks ago. I had lump in my left breast and it was also removed. I feel kind of scared at the first time, but then I dont anymore. Do you have any experince?Or maybe it's your children/parents/spouse/friends, what did you feel when they were taking your loved ones to the operation room? Please share! :)
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@Bizziebod (3526)
17 Feb 07
Sorry to hear about the surgery you had to have! Apart from having my daughter the only other time I had to go into hospital for any period of time was to have my tonsils out! I was 14 at the time and wasn't too bad apart from the really sore throat and not being able to swallow anything. My daughter broke her leg when she was really small and it was a compound fracture so she had to stay in hospital for a week. She was only 2 1/2 at the time and it broke my heart when they even gave her an injection as she was crying so much!
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• Indonesia
18 Feb 07
Oh, that is very touchy. I believe that the cry of our loved ones are more painful than any surgery knife in this world. But if that's the only way out, how can I complain..
@ela2pso (364)
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
yes and i was just 6 years old when i was hit by a car... that time i didnt know that i was going to be operated and i justfeel that i was sleepy and had slept. the moment i woke up... my parents had told moe to just rest because i was operated... it was nonsense and i wasnt thrilled. lol!
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• United States
17 Feb 07
I had my wisdom teeth removed when I was 19, and they put me out for that because they had to cut into my gums a lot. I was kind of nervous, but more about the pain afterward (of which there was actaully very little)than the actual surgery. When I was 24, I had laser surgery on my eyes, which I was awake for, but they gave me valium which made me really relaxed. I was pretty nervous before I went in, so I just kept telling myself that lots of other people had done it and were fine, and I would be, too. (And I was).
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
i was 5 years old the first time i had an operation. i didn't even know what was going on. I had to have my tonsils out. when i was 22, i had a c-section. this scared me because i was going to be awake for the operation. a week after i had my son, i had an absessed cyst and had to be operated on. this terrified me because i am always afraid that when you are put to sleep you will never wake up. when i was about 23, i had my wisdom teeth pulled.
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• Canada
17 Feb 07
I've had 2. When I was born, I had a circumcision. It hurt so much, I couldn't walk for over a year. LOL (You'll get that in a few hours) Also, I had my wisdom teeth removed. I was scared of being put to sleep, partially because of minor health problems that already make me tired.
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• Indonesia
17 Feb 07
LOL that is funny. Of course you have 2 wait about a year to walk :p. English isnt my first language, what is wisdom teeth?
@xabimaru (340)
• Malaysia
17 Feb 07
Make it simple, wisdom teeth is the last teeth you will. It will be on the last end of your sets of teeth. Usually you will feel pain and disturbance if the teeth started to grow. Wisdom teeth = gigi bongsu (gigi paling last sekali tumbuh dan berada di hujung sekali gigi)-paling dekat ke tekak. Is it helpfull enuff??
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• Indonesia
17 Feb 07
Yes, definetly. I thank both of you guys for that. Now I understand what wisdom teeth is. And yes they were annoying when growing. I couldnt even sleep because of that.
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
i was in college when i had my first surgery. it was just an out-patient procedure. i had a non-cancerous lump that needed to be surgically removed. i was not nervous at all cuz the doctor told me beforehand that it was not serious and there was nothing to worry about. the doctor only administered local anesthesia so i was awake during the whole operation.
• Indonesia
18 Feb 07
Mine was also non cancerous and very small. The doc said it was ok If I didnt want it to be removed. But because I was afraid it'd grow bigger so I decided to take that surgery.
@smrohitsm (231)
• India
17 Feb 07
Hmm, I have had only one surgery till date. It was way back when I was just 3 years old. It was a small tonsils operation, But I gave the doctors a very hard time. I remember pulling one doctors hair while he was trying to chek my tonsils. I also pulled syringe out of hte nurse's hand, and ran all around the hospital, with doctors and nurses trying to catch me :D. I used to shout that these guys want to kill me :D. The hospital saff was fedup with me :D. My parents had a hard time convincing them to keep me in the hospital :D.
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• Indonesia
18 Feb 07
Naughty toddler you were! lol looks like tonsils, appendix and wisdom teeth are the most popular surgery.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I had emergency surgery six years ago for when my appendix burst and I didn't really have time to think about it. Was in to much pain to think about being scared. I just had ear surgery one month ago and I was scared then. Never know what the outcome can be. Turned out well though so guess no reason to be scared. I also seen my son after an accident he was in and he was covered with blood on his head and that was really scary not knowing what was wrong and especially on his head. He turned out all right so I am thankful for that.
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@LadyLeene (584)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I've had a few surgeries: 3 different sessions for tooth extraction. 2 were for braces, 1 was for wisdom teeth. 2 different ones for reconstruction of my feet; they were so flat that it hurt to walk, and I needed my Achilles tendons stretched. I also had to have bone grafts from my hips. For safety and financial reasons, these had to be done one at a time. 2 for hardware removal....the screws that held my bones in place while they were healing were hurting my feet, and the bones were healed enough so that they could come out well before the surgery actually happened. Again for financial reasons, we had to split this into two surgeries. 1 for hernia repair I'm with you.... the dental stuff was scary at first; but after the first one, I got over it. I was kind of scared about the first bone/hip/foot/tendon surgery....THAT was a fairly major operation. After that, though, I wasn't that nervous about the next reconstruction....and the screws coming out were really easy procedures, so no problems there. Again, the hernia thing didn't even faze me. Surgery or not, I always have mild anxiety issues. I've been desensitized to the surgery thing, though. I don't think I've ever been through surgery of a loved one when I was old enough to understand it, except when my brother had HIS dental work done. That wasn't a big concern with me, though. If it had been a triple bypass, I would have been worried. My elderly grandpa, on the other hand, had some major surgery when I was a little girl, but I was too young at the time to really understand how serious the surgeries were. Oh, and my aunt had a surgery for a double mastectomy. Seeing that happen was actually a RELIEF to me, though, as most women pull through that surgery just fine....even if it does take awhile to heal, both physically and emotionally.
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@redfang (969)
17 Feb 07
when i was young i had two operations both the same. To put it bluntly my balls came out of their sockets, now don't laugh i am talking about the balls of my legs that sit in your pelvis i had to have them pinned back in so i have 3 metal rods in my hips keeping my balls in their sockets. when i had the first leg done i was taken down to the anestetics room and they had put that cream on the back of my hands so they could find a vein in my hand but my veins never came up, they ended up sticking needles in the back of my hands around 15 times for each hand which resulted in a pool of blood on the floor and one of the nurses running out crying because i was screaming, they eventually put me to sleep with gas and i woke up to find the line in my lower arm not my hand, ever since then i have been afraid of needles and avoid any medical issues if possible.
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• India
17 Feb 07
Yes. I had a small surgery for tonsils removal before 40 years. Although I did not have any difficulty, I was too scared before the real experience. But the doctor administered local anaesthesia and then I could know that my mouth was stretched open and a lot of activity was being done inside my throat. But I could not sense much pain. This experience removed all my fears from a surgery. But I remember the surgery of my father who had internal head injury resulting into a blood clot. He was paralysed after about one month after the incidence of injury. Then he was operated by the neurosurgeon. when he was brought out of operation theatre, still under anaesthesia, the doctor tested his responses and we could see that his paralytic effect had completely vanished. I just could not believe this but yes,it was there. This experience is just unforgettable.
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@monet0077 (156)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have had 2 surgeries. The first one was to have my tubes tied so I wouldn'd have more children. I was 31 so that was ok. I was a little nervous but everything went fine and I was only a little sore for awhile. The second one was last year I had my appendix removed. I had abdominal pains for 3 days and finally went to the emergency room. It took them another day to decide it was my appendix and remove it. That time I wasn't nervous about the operation at all, except I was having a terrible migraine that was shooting my blood pressure sky high, and I was afraid to be put under anethesia until they stabilized that. And actually the pain of the migraine was much worse than the appendix. I healed pretty fast after the operation also.
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@monet0077 (156)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have had 2 surgeries. The first one was to have my tubes tied so I wouldn'd have more children. I was 31 so that was ok. I was a little nervous but everything went fine and I was only a little sore for awhile. The second one was last year I had my appendix removed. I had abdominal pains for 3 days and finally went to the emergency room. It took them another day to decide it was my appendix and remove it. That time I wasn't nervous about the operation at all, except I was having a terrible migraine that was shooting my blood pressure sky high, and I was afraid to be put under anethesia until they stabilized that. And actually the pain of the migraine was much worse than the appendix. I healed pretty fast after the operation also.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I had to get stitches in my head after I flew face-first into a heater. I was only 5 at the times so of course I was scared. Luckily, that's the only time I've been to a hospital since.
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• Nigeria
17 Feb 07
no.never before
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• India
17 Feb 07
no i don't had a surgery/operation in my life and i don't want to face all that stuffs because i am really scared of injections and all that stuffs of hospital and i request god to never let me face all this in my life
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Carpel Tunnel was my main surgery. I had it done several years ago and have not problems to this day.
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@crazynurse (7484)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I work around healthcare and I can tell you that both the patient and the family are both very nervous and anxious on the day of surgery. It is easy to focus our energies on the patient, but that poor family is so frightened too, and we must give them attention! I had surgery only once in my life and I was so young that I do not remember having the surgery. I was 3 years old and had my tonsils removed.
@noyida (795)
• Singapore
18 Feb 07
Thank God, I had never been to the operating table before even though I had been admitted to hospital several times. But, I had experienced sending my love one for operations. My late mum was diagnosed with chronic diabetis. She had to be amputated. That is not the worst case. She survived on that. A few months later, while healing from the amputation, she felt sick again. She bleed profusely whenever she had to pass motion. We had to bring her back to hospital for further investigation. Imagine to our horror, the doctor did a endoscopy and found out that my mum large intestine have some holes. They need to do major operation to cut the intestine and patch them back to stop bleeding. How do my sibling felt that moment?. We are very sceptical as the doctors said the chances are 50/50. Somehow, my mum decided for herself saying that she's willing to go thru cause this bleeding cause her pain. We cried as we do not want her to suffer more. But what is fated is in God hand. She went for the ops and passed away in Surgical Intensive Care Unit due to colon problem. It seem that more holes develop after that major operation. I was very devastated and angry at the doctors. Perhaps I was in the dejected trauma that this happened. But when realisation sink, I know, it all GOD planned. Eventually, everyone will die, the only thing that we dont know is when and where. As for my mum case, it is after an operation while recuperating. May Allah blessed her soul.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
18 Feb 07
The only types of surgery that I had were having my wisdom teeth taken out when I was younger and root canal surgery when I was younger as well. I was scared silly both times as I was afraid of the pain I might feel during those procedures. I only had each done one time. My mom needs knee replacement surgery on both knees so I am worried for her. I hope she can get them done soon so she will not be in such pain.