The big discussion pre-op was what kind of anesthesia I should get because I got a spinal headache from the spinal block last time. My OS was still adamant that he thought I should avoid the general. I was also really scared about the general because I had been told it meant I would need to be intubated which I did not want.
When I talked to the anesthesiologist he had a very different take on the situation, he said I had a very high risk of getting a spinal headache again because I am above normal height, I am a teenage girl, and I had a spinal headache four months ago. He said if I had a general I may have of miserable night, but that would be compared to three or four miserable days if I got a spinal headache. He also used an IV only version of the anesthesia instead of gas which reduces nausea, plus the fact I do not get nausea from pain meds means I am less likely to get nausea from general anesthesia. The IV instead of gas also meant I did not have to be intubated which was my biggest fear. So I ended up choosing the general IV anesthesia at the recommendation of the anesthesiologist .
|Post Op Selfie|
I had expected to be even groggier when I woke up from surgery than normal because of the general anesthesia but I was actually more alert than in the past. I also thought I would be in more pain but I wasn't, plus my mouth was not super dry. Also no one made me eat more than some crackers before giving me pain meds which made me really happy because I am usually not hungry right after surgery.
|View from my Room at Night|
When my OS came in he explained that while he did shave some bone and remove two bone spurs to fix FAI and he debride the Labral tear, the main issue was actually the inflammation, which he removed and biopsied to check for JIA/JRA. From what everyone was saying it sounds like JRA is now on my chart. I will have to see what my rheumy says about everything when I see her mid July.
My other concern is my foot/ankle are sore, and the PA confirmed it was just from the traction like I had thought, but then I noticed that there is a black and blue bump on my foot where it hurts, so I will show that to my PT when I see him tomorrow.
|If you are cool enough to bleed through two band aids when you get your IV taken out you get a pretty gauze pad under the third one!|
Overall I am doing pretty well for one day post op, I am writing this as I am in the CPM machine, although I forgot how painful the brace is, I had stop taking pain pills but after being in the brace during the car ride home I needed one.