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Mar 11, 2015 3:24 PM

I'm 16 years old,i had leukemia.Because of steroids i have AVN.It is a disease destructing my knees.Likely,i will have a surgery of Total Knee Replacement or something like that.Is this operation done under general anesthesia?I didn't find any answers in the Net. Sorry for my english)Ask questions,if you want)Thanks to the new feature this app is very helpful and i can find MY POSTS )))

Mar 11, 2015 3:31 PM

Hey MichaelR, my sister & dad had it done and both were general anesthesia. Ask if they're doing a nerve block on the knee. Having it helps recover much faster. Good luck & may God bless you with complete & quick recovery. 🙏🌼

Mar 11, 2015 5:13 PM

My boyfriend has it done and they gave him a spinal and a 'relaxing agent' so he slept the whole time. Apparently it's easier to control the pain coming out on a spinal. It depends on the surgeon and the anesthesiologist and you as to what will work best for you. Just don't let them do both knees at once. Do one and then the other 6+ months later.

Mar 12, 2015 3:43 PM

Thanks Flappy)I had general anesthesia many times)It is so cool))))))I don't want spinal,i want to be unconciuos.Very afraid of this surg.

Mar 12, 2015 3:47 PM

@gotobef Relaxing agent is different thing...You conscious,but you will not remember anything after)Didn't understand About controlling pain coming out of a spinal.Why did you advised me not to do both knees?My doctor(surgeon) said this too.

Mar 12, 2015 5:14 PM

I had a spinal for my ceasaran and knocked out for knee surgeries that were not replacement. I did not like the spinal at all but insisted so my husband could be in the room to see his only child be brought into the world. That is the only spinal I ever want. I would talk to your doctor and ask them about the anesthesia and the procedure. Always go in being informed and know your patients rights.

Mar 12, 2015 9:07 PM

Hi Michael R My sister in law had both of her knees replaced at the same time. She had sedation and came thru really well. She was in hospital for about a week then in Rehab for two weeks. She has never had any problems with her replacements. She was walking without a cane or walker in about 6 weeks. I hope this helps some. Will keep you in thoughts and prayers. Keep us in the loop.

Mar 13, 2015 11:02 AM

Hi Michael, I had shoulder surgery done with nerve blocks and have had 28 surgeries. I preferred the nerve block with sedation because you are in twilight sleep, wake faster, don't have to be intubated, etc. Also, when you wake, there is no pain for several hours because the nerve is anesthetized. I wish you luck and peace of mind whichever way you decide to have the procedure. I pray for a speedy and complete recovery with maximum pain relief. 🌻🙏🌺

Mar 13, 2015 10:43 PM

The anesthesiologist told us that with a spinal they can give you pain meds before it is completely out of your system, and that they can't do that for a general anesthetic. The reason for only doing one knee at a time is so that you have a 'lead leg' for going up and down stairs and such, but if your doctor feels that doing both and having the muscles cut in both your legs is best that is between the two of you. The physical and occupational therapists in the hospital had nothing nice to say about doctors that had their patients do both at the same time.

Mar 16, 2015 5:02 PM

Thanks a lot for everyone!You helped me)I heard about nerve blocking,i think it is a good idea.Will talk to my doctor.my pain is terrible,like you all have here.Such a pitty, i can't do both knees at once...Waiting for soooo loooong.This pain is driving me crazy!Painkillers are horrible thing,it is impossible to think,even to concentrate on something!I need to study too...Very hard...

Mar 16, 2015 5:16 PM

Michael R I am so sorry that you are having to go thru all of this at your young age. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers
Keep us updated.

Mar 16, 2015 6:42 PM

Wishing & praying for the best for you MichaelR! 🙏🌼

Mar 17, 2015 10:57 AM

MichaelR, I pray that all goes quickly and smoothly for you. Know we are all here for you when you need someone to listen and understand. Waiting is almost always the hardest part. Stay strong, know you're not alone and try working on some relaxing breathing techniques to settle your mind. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. 🌻

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