Post surgery update.
Well I had the surgery about 2 weeks ago now.
I was a bit apprehensive about this as I have not ever had surgery previous to this, and didn't know what to expect. Specifically, I was worried about the anesthesia. I received a lot of different responses on here and from searching the net on what to expect. There are a lot of different individual situations, so knowing exactly what to expect can be difficult, so here's my story.
I arrived at the hospital on-time, and went through the standard operating procedure of filling out the paperwork, changing into the gown, getting setup with an IV and all that. The anesthesiologist and then the doctor/surgen came by to discuss and see if I had any questions.
After that they pushed some "feel good" drug into my IV, which didn't really make me feel as good as they said it would. My body felt really heavy, and I guess I felt a little drowsy. They wheeled me into the operating room, which was just a big room, typical of what you would thing an operating room looks like. They had dance music playing (my kinda style), so I thought to myself, ok this isn't so bad. The anesthesiologist told me they would put oxygen through the mask he put on me, then then stuff to knock me out. He put the mask on, told me this was the oxygen we talked about, asked me to take a few breaths, and I was out by the 4th breath.
Next thing I know, I wake up in the recovery room. I looked around, looked at the clock, thought to myself that I was tired and would take a nap, so I did. Woke up an hour later, tried to get the nurses attention so they saw I was up, asked what time it was, and we basically just started talking normally. They saw I was good to go, so wheeled me out back to where I was before the surgery, where my g/f was waiting. I made sure to eat the cookies and drink the apple juice real quick so they saw I was back to normal, and they dismissed me pretty quick.
I was worried about the drowsiness, puking, light headedness, coming in and out, etc when I woke up (per people's experiences on this board). For me though, I just woke up, totally normal, and ready to go. They expected me to leave about 3:00, but I left at noon. (my surgery was scheduled for 10:00, and they wheeled me in at about 9:45).
The surgery went quickly, only about 20 minutes because the doc said my meniscus had a lot of degenerative damage. They removed about 70% of it (not good for me later in life), but they had not choice as they said fixing it would be an attempt in futality. Thus, I was up and walking the same day. If they fixed it, I would be healing for a long time. Since they removed the damage, there's nothing to heal but the damage the did by going into the knee.
Damage to the knee isn't bad. The surgery is arthroscopic so 3 small insertions, 2 of which are about 1/2" long, maybe less, and the third I can't even locate anymore.
Last edited by PolishPete; 02-11-2010 at 11:56 AM.