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Old 04-19-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
 
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Does everyone get a breathing tube inserted during surgery? Scared!!

Hey gals,

Just read a post about it and freaking out! I had no idea. I have had my wisdom teeth removed and was knocked out with general, but they only put an IV in my arm and nothing else. The IV itself was enough to get used to. It didn't even occur that I would have a tube down my throat during surgery...

So is this done every time? I thought I was scared enough before hearing about this.

Could anyone kind of give me an overview of exactly what happens right before and right after surgery? Do they stick the IV in your arm before or after you go to sleep, and is it still in your arm after you wake up? And, uh, any details about the dreaded tube?

Thanks! Gonna go cry with fear now lol
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No. Not always. Sometimes it's just a mouthpiece. The IV needs to go in your arm before you go to sleep because that's how they get you to sleep. However, you can ask for a valium or something before to help relieve some anxiety. Also, they numb up the arm with a smaller needle before putting in the IV. You'll be fine!
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I did Ive had three surgery's with one and only once did I get a sore throat. no bog deal' they put you to sleep before they put in!!! I didn't even know it with most until I asked the doc.
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I didn't get a breathing tube. They just gave me oxygen with the thing that goes over your nose and mouth. (I can't remember the name of it right now)
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Hey gals,

Just read a post about it and freaking out! I had no idea. I have had my wisdom teeth removed and was knocked out with general, but they only put an IV in my arm and nothing else. The IV itself was enough to get used to. It didn't even occur that I would have a tube down my throat during surgery...

So is this done every time? I thought I was scared enough before hearing about this.

Could anyone kind of give me an overview of exactly what happens right before and right after surgery? Do they stick the IV in your arm before or after you go to sleep, and is it still in your arm after you wake up? And, uh, any details about the dreaded tube?

Thanks! Gonna go cry with fear now lol
You didn't have general anesthesia if you didn't have an ETT or LMA in your mouth. You had twilight anesthesia. It would be kind of hard to remove wisdom teeth with a tube in your mouth, and you MUST have either the ETT or the LMA for general anesthesia.

Under general anesthesia, you are COMPLETELY unconscious, which is the reason you need something to help you breathe. With twilight anesthesia, you're still in control of your body functions, and are just heavily sedated.

General anesthesia is nothing to worry about. It's very safe. Read more at www.justbreastimplants.com/surgery/anesthesia.htm.
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Hey gals,

Just read a post about it and freaking out! I had no idea. I have had my wisdom teeth removed and was knocked out with general, but they only put an IV in my arm and nothing else. The IV itself was enough to get used to. It didn't even occur that I would have a tube down my throat during surgery...

So is this done every time? I thought I was scared enough before hearing about this.

Could anyone kind of give me an overview of exactly what happens right before and right after surgery? Do they stick the IV in your arm before or after you go to sleep, and is it still in your arm after you wake up? And, uh, any details about the dreaded tube?

Thanks! Gonna go cry with fear now lol
BTW, they give you an IV and give you a "cocktail", which puts you to sleep, and you never know about the ETT or LMA being inserted or removed.
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Hi there I have had 5 surgerys, and all had a breathing tube. They always put it in and take it out while you are asleep, so you wouldn't even know. My PS told me it is always better to secure an airway befor there is a problem, because in the small chance that something goes wrong they don't want to waste time getting you an airway, and at times you cant get one, like if your throat closes. I am sure you will be fine, but if you are truly worrie talk to your PS. I have never had any trouble after having one, but I can understand why you might be concerened. Good Luck!!!
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Hi there I have had 5 surgerys, and all had a breathing tube. They always put it in and take it out while you are asleep, so you wouldn't even know. My PS told me it is always better to secure an airway befor there is a problem, because in the small chance that something goes wrong they don't want to waste time getting you an airway, and at times you cant get one, like if your throat closes. I am sure you will be fine, but if you are truly worrie talk to your PS. I have never had any trouble after having one, but I can understand why you might be concerened. Good Luck!!!
This is exactly my experience with intubation. I have had general anesthesia several times. You will never know its there unless you ask. There was only one time that I was aware of it after word, I had the slightest sore/itchy throat for the rest of the day. This is nothing to worry about. Chances are you will get to talk to your anesthesiologist and go over any concerns you have with him/her - they will set your mind at ease.
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I have had multiple surgeries for various reasons, not just my two ba's. They have used the tube for about half of them. And i honestly would rather have the tube than not. It makes me feel more safe knowing that i have open airways! You will not remember the tube going in or coming out. The IV is worse if you ask me. My throat was just really dry feeling for the rest of the day, but i was still on pain killers, so i wasn't bothered by it. Good luck!
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I had IV sedation for my surgeries and loved it. I was scared of having the tube down my throat, but I know many people undergo general anesthesia everyday without a problem. I wouldn't worry about it. I am sure that you will be fine and that you will look fantastic afterwards!
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I had IV sedation for my surgery, and they put a tube down my throat but I was breathing on my own. Had they not told me about the tube, I would've never known. As the other girls said, you're already asleep when they put it in and take it out before you wake up. I didn't have a sore throat at all, but I know it can sometimes be a side effect. My motto is "it's better to be safe than sorry". A breathing tube can prevent serious issues during surgery, and I'd be concerned if my doctor didn't use one.
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Wow I had never thought of this either...

I just had my tonsils out under general anesthesia... if they always use a breathing tube that would have been awkward! Maybe thats why it still feels like he used a bread knife...

Anyway after that I have had more trouble breathing especially when im lying on my back so its reassuring that they will put the tube in while im having my babies put in!!
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With general anesthesia it is always used. It's your airway while you're unconscious. Think of it this way....ur whole body is unresponsive, almost like you are dead. U need that airway to oxygenate your body. P.S the anethestist takes very good care of you while u are asleep. No need to worry.
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As others have said, i didn't even know about the tube until i told the nurse my throat was sore! Nothing to worry about at all!
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I too have no idea if I got one or not. I got my IV sedation before I went into surgery room and the last thing I remember saying was I didnt want to see the surgery room...than I turned around and looked at it, even though they wheeled me in backwards. Than the asked me to scoot over to the other bed (I was so "drunk on my IV" by this point) I remember trying to scoot without my butt or front to show...than I was gone! lol.....
I didnt have an achy throat or anything when I woke up.
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Im so glad you brought this up. But i am just happy i will not be aware of it going in or out! You'll be fine!
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Thanks guys. Whew. Feeling a little better now.

I had no idea I was only under twilight anesthesia with my wisdom teeth. Hmm. I know I was so afraid of the IV in my arm that I begged them no, and they put me to sleep with the mask instead, then stuck the IV in. Of course, I was only 12 when this happened, so maybe I should suck it up this time around and let them put the IV in before!

I am feeling a little better about this tube thing now. Almost wish I hadn't read the other post so I might never have known lol. But as long as I am not aware of it ever having been there (except for possible sore throat), I guess I can live. Jeez - if I am willing to go through the pain of a BA, I might as well suck it up about everything that goes with it right!!

Cheers ladies. Thanks for the replies
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I just wanted to mention the "cocktail" they give you in the IV before they put you to sleep...
I have had GA twice and the first time they gave me the cocktail I remember getting dizzy and then it's all blank, I never even saw the OR. So the second time I had GA I asked them if they were going to put me to sleep with the cocktail like they did before. Turns out that cocktail never actually puts you to sleep at all! He told me that I am totally responsive and can even answer questions, and I guess I moved my own body onto the operating table! That blows my mind because I really thought I was asleep after the cocktail, I remember nothing, it's crazy! I want to know where I can get some of that stuff...they say it's like true serum because when they ask you things you say the truth and don't even realize or remember it.

Oh and yes, like everyone else said, when you get GA you always get a tube because you can't control your respiration, but you will never know it.
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When I first woke up my throat felt weird...I felt like I couldn't swallow. It was numb and I couldn't make the swallowing motion. It didn't last but maybe 15 minutes. After that my throat was never sore or anything.
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