Im having a reduction & lift on Dec. 20th & have never had surgery before. Im terrified!! Any advice to help calm my nerves?

  • Bama Cowgirl
  • alabama
  • 3 years ago

Im really scared of the anesthesia. I've never been put to sleep before so Im not sure what to expect. Im als curious about the recovery process since my surgery is 5 days before Christmas.

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They can give you some Ativan it is an anxiety reducer. You will be fine. Just breathe, think good thoughts and dream about going shopping at Victoria's Secret for that Pretty bra!!!
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Hi Bama Cowgirl, What is it you are actually scared of? Do you have a specific fear? Recovery is easy for a BR as there is no muscle involved. I've had 2 C-sections and i would have 1000 BR's rather than face another C-Section... (except for the baby of course!) terms of recovery. C section was worse by far and BR easier. It was the energy levels which i found hard. Eg take it easy and sleep/rest and recover, listen to your body. x x
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I'm having mine the same day! I had a tummy tuck this past summer, so am familiar with anesthesia and such. One of my big concerns was and is nausea after. The last thing I wanted to do was barf while trying to keep from popping a stitch. My doctor prescribed a medication called Amend. It's just one pill you take 2 to 3 hours before surgery. It's the same medication they give chemo patients to keep them from getting sick. I also received anti-nausea medication through IV while I was under. All this worked great, and if it didn't the doctor had also prescribed anti-nausea suppositories that I didn't have to use. It takes a few days to get the anesthesia out of your system and you will be groggy. I haven't had boob surgery, but it has to be easier than a tummy tuck. I still have soreness at times. However, I did return to work after that procedure at 12 days. I probably shouldn't have tho, as I still had one drain in and thinking back it is all just a blur. This time I'm going to just relax and enjoy the down time and I'm not even going to get too excited about Christmas and all that. You will find a wealth of knowledge on this site and be an expert by the time of surgery. I'm so excited to get new boobs!!
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Please don't worry about worrying, its totally normal. I thought I was going to poop my pants truth be told! They expect you to be nervous, and the whole thing is so quick I couldn't believe it. I started to panic when they put the mask on me because I thought I couldn't breathe but didn't really get a chance because I felt the cold anesthetic go into my hand and then I woke up in recovery! It's bizarre! Just remember, what you are feeling is normal. xx
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I've had other surgeries, and it's actually really easy. They will give you something in your IV to calm you just like Angiemcc said. The when you get the mask on and start counting, next thing you know, you'll be waking up.
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It sounds like you'll be having a pretty mellow Christmas. At 5 days you'll still be taking it quite easy, I think. It's completely understandable to be nervous about anesthesia, but it's really quite simple. You're usually given a sedative via IV so that you're not even much nervous about anesthesia by the time you're in the OR.

When I had it, I actually walked into the OR and hopped on the bed. Then they gave me oxygen through a mask and had me count backwards from ten or something. I probably made it to 8, it's really fast. And totally painless. Then you're waking up. You'll feel groggy and in some discomfort, though it'll take you a while to realize it. LOL. They'll give you good pain meds, and maybe even a pain pump (ask your doctor about this, a lot of women rave about pain pumps) to keep you comfortable.

If you haven't already, read some reviews of other women's surgeries. You can even start your own.

Please let us know how it goes and how you're recovering!


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