Many mentions about "did not wake up after surgery"
Over the past few months I have seen it mentioned matter-a-factly that some did not wake up after surgery. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Obviously these folks are alive and well, but I would like more in-depth info reegrding this. How did this effect your stay in the hospital? I am gearing up for my surgery 04/16 and appreciate any insight you can give me. Is this considered ok/normal? Thanks so much Sharon
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All that said and done, we were just fine. No extended stays or anything for this. And really neither of us even noticed...we were still out of it. :-D
I slept for most of that first day (surgery day). It didnt bother me much, I wasnt nauseous or anything else, just felt sooo tired and sleepy. My family was there chatting all around me, I had some visitors and was never aware that they were there. Like I said, lol, "out of it".
Good luck with your surgery. All in all, this experience was a cakewalk for me and I would do it all over again if I had to!
on 3/29/12 7:39 am
on 3/29/12 7:53 am
But then....I was like.. I wish I didn't wake up so fast....WAIT...I don't mean that I want trouble.....not at all....it's just that I have the opposite problem...I wake up too soon!!!! and that is worse...cuz I know whats going on. I have woken up in the middle of knee replacement...although not from the knee pain...from the arthritis in my shoulder that they had out to the side for the IV...it was KILLIN' me. go figure......
and then if I don't wake up in the middle of it, I wake up in recovery....can't breath....can't move....can't communicate with anyone and I am in a panic state till someone finally comes to my aid.....so scary.
The worst though....the very worst...is how sick I am after wards... EVERY TIME. I cannot do the pain pump cuz that makes me sick too.....it's so awful.
I have heard of rare cases where someone suffered an arrhythmia, stroke or bleeding incident in the OR, but if you are reasonably healthy (and that's why you've had months of pre-op testing), you will most likely be fine. VSG is an elective surgery. Surgeons don't like to take risks and would not operate on you if they felt there was a likelihood that you would have a fatal complication. It is extremely rare for anyone to "code" in the actual OR. Death a possibility with any surgical procedure, but it is extraordinarily rare.
Think of it this way: I work in a major urban trauma center. I would guess that one or two people die in the ER every week from auto accidents. Many, many more are critically injured. Our ICU is full of people who have been severely injured in crashes. But, it is so rare for someone to die at my hospital during routine surgery that I really can't remember it happening, and if it did happen, it wold be the talk of the charge nurse meetings for days. You are much more likely to die on your way to surgery then you are to die in the OR. Now that you know this, are you going to avoid driving for the rest of your life? Are you going to live in fear of traveling in a car? Heck, don't get me started on bicycle or pedestrian traumas -- they're even worse!
The more likely possibility is that you could suffer a leak after surgery. That is the most common complication of sleeve surgery and there are several people on this board who have been unfortunate enough to experience this. I believe that most eventually recovered and have gone on to have health and success afterwards.
We all take calculated risks in our lives every single day. Stop listening to these medical geniuses who tell you that their cousin's sister's friend of a friend "didn't wake up from surgery." They're idiots. Don't let idiots run your life.
on 12/17/13 11:05 am
My sister-in-law had a simple surgery on this past Friday, December 13, 2013 to have tube placed in so she can take
dialysis at home and she never woke from the surgery. She is still not awake. Doctors are puzzled because her vitals are good and they can not get her to wake up. She started have seizures after she did not wake the first day, so they place her in a medical induced coma. The next day they started trying to bring her out of the coma and it did not work. Today, we received word from hospital that they placed her back into a medical induced coma because test showed seizures again. Doctor seems to think her body absorbed too much of the anesthesia. They stated that they did test and did not indicate a stroke or heart attack and brian functions looked good on scan. She has four specialists that is trying to figure out this situation.
The other reason is that it can be REALLY hard to gauge the right amount of anesthetic to give us. Anesthesia doses are usually titrated based on weight - however, with the morbidly obese they can't do that - it would put many of us into toxic quantities. So, the anesthesiologist must make her best professional judgement...which can result in staying anesthetized longer than expected. "Didn't wake up" means "didn't come out of anesthesia as soon as expected", so they might move you out of recovery to ICU so as to make room for other surgical patients.
I did not wake up in recovery.
I have never been a smoker.
I was put in ICU until I woke up.... about 17 hours after surgery.
After I woke up, I recovered quickly.
I left about 3 hours after the originally planned time.
In summary, I was in recovery 2 hours, ICU 15 hours, regular room for about 6 hours, then discharged.
HW: 318.6 Pre-surgery Weight: 268.6 CW: 149 Sleeve Date: March 19, 2012
- 169.6 pounds! Doctor established medical goal weight = 165. I lost 50 pounds before getting sleeved. Current BMI = 27 Original starting BMI = `58.3 Tummy Tuck: 01-04-13