Pre-Op!

Yesterday was my pre-op doctor’s visit. Its getting real. And just to make sure the inner me doesn’t weasel out of this surgery, I have taken to leaning on counters, shuffling when I walk, circling the parking lot for the closest parking space–all those things that really old people do (haha, I know that to some people I am already really old.)

I had a lot of nerves leading up to the visit, including worrying that they would tell me I was too fat for the surgery (even though I’ve been this same weight at all my visits for the past year.) Ah, the mind is a mysterious and wonderful place. Of course, my weight was not even on their radar.

Multiple X-rays were first. They asked me to get into and stay in positions that were foreign to me. “Now hold very still” the X-ray tech would say as he walked out of the room. “Take that picture before I topple over!” I would think back in my mind.

After a few preliminaries with a young nurse (during which I gave her encouragement and financial advice 🙂 ) –my blood pressure was a perfect 114/73–it was finally time to see the doctor. The doctor was pretty impressed with how flexible my knee still is (its so nice to see some positive results from keeping up my PT exercises all these years.) And after looking at all the X-rays they took, he said what would I think about a partial knee replacement? WHAT WOULD I THINK ABOUT A PARTIAL KNEE REPLACEMENT?!! I would love it if that could be done. At the previous visit, he had said a total knee would be needed. He won’t know until he gets in there and looks around, so I won’t know until I wake up. But it would be wonderful if he could do that. I’m all for keeping original body parts if they are still useful, and of course, the recovery is much quicker. I asked him what my hips looked like on the X-rays. I’ve been very concerned that they were shot too, but he said they looked fine. That was a great relief to me.

After that, it was a visit to the lab, and then some time with the nurse specialist reviewing dates and facts and all the nitty-gritty of surgery. One of my biggest concerns is that so far, stronger pain medications make me nauseated. So she reassured me that they would work on that while I was in the hospital.

All in all, I was in the clinic for about four hours!

Did I already tell you that they will do this surgery with conscious sedation instead of general anesthesia? I am very happy about that as well. Conscious sedation is what they do when you have a colonoscopy. Its also how they did my carpal tunnel surgery. You are not aware of anything. But its much easier on your system than general anesthesia.

So, a good plan is in place, equipment has been borrowed from several friends, and all that is left is all the pre-preparing and planning that I like to do before any big change.

I totally admit to over-eating some favorite foods after the visit. A combination of stress relief and celebration I suppose. Fortunately, I don’t like how I feel after I overeat any more, so there is no danger of that becoming a habit. And today, its back to the gym for a swimming celebration!

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11 thoughts on “Pre-Op!

  1. DEb…didn’t see the date you are having surgery. It sounds like you are really prepared and I’m hoping that you will be a candidate for the partial replacement. My prayers will be with you.

  2. Keeping my fingers crossed for a partial replacement!! It sounds like you have a good plan in place and have it all covered. I’ll pray for an uneventful surgery and a quick and easy recovery! xoxo

  3. It sounds to me like you are in very thorough and capable hands! It must give you some relief to know that you have a doctor who would even mention the partial over the full. I know you’re going to be so happy when all is said and done. Like I’ve mentioned before everyone I know who has had this surgery says it’s the best thing they ever did.

    • Encouraging comments always welcomed. I tend to hear one negative surgical result and dwell on that one! I have a lot of confidence in my doctor. He told me on this visit that infection (and prevention) is a special interest of his, so I like that as well.

  4. Pain meds make me very nauseated as well (we really are sisters!) – glad they are aware of this and I hope they can keep you pain-free without any issues. The conscious sedation sounds great! Anything to not be fully “under” – and it’s nice that you know it’s worked well for you with previous surgeries.

    You’re going to do great with this, I just know it. 🙂

    • Thanks Shelley. The nurse specialist seemed to think that there would be an anti-nausea medicine that would work for me. Fingers crossed 🙂

  5. Knees crossed that you get a partial! I don’t know that I could do the conscious sedation. Even though there is no pain, I don’t like feeling them doing stuff LOL!

    • If its done right, you’re completely unaware–not hearing or feeling. For the knee, they do an epidural or spinal, so no feeling. But I told them I don’t want to be aware of ANYTHING. When I had my wrists done, the first was perfect. The second one, I did feel some tugging halfway through, and I did not like that.

  6. I agree I’m not wanting to be aware during surgery, glad my knee replacement was several years ago. But I had foot surgery in Feb. and they did it the new way. Sounds like you’re in good hands and the doc will do what is best during the surgery. I’m back in the pool and on my bike so it’s all good once recovery is done. PT before hand was critical to my success, so it’s great you’re on top of that. Have a speedy recovery when the time comes!

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