Total Hip Replacement Surgery with Spinal Anaesthesia / Epidural - My Experience
I'm delighted to say that I have finally had my surgery after being on the waiting list for a year and ten months for a total right hip replacement, which had been bone on bone for the past fourteen months.
Initially I was extremely anxious about having Spinal Anaesthesia but had no need to have worried. It was a really positive experience which I am happy to share with you.
I was of course given the option of a Spinal or General Anaesthetic. After having it explained to me that with the Spinal Anaesthetic I would feel less drowsy afterwards, there would be less chance of me feeling nauseous, a reduced risk of requiring a blood transfusion and I would be able to eat and drink fairly soon afterwards, I opted for that, with the knowledge that the option to change to a General Anaesthetic if required still remained.
As I was so anxious I chose to be sedated to make me more relaxed.
I was given a pre-med and then sat on the side of the bed in the anaesthetists room where the anaesthetist administered a measured dose of local anaesthetic by injection to my spine. I then was turned onto my side, lying on the hip that was to be operated on for the anaesthetic to drain downwards.
Within a few minutes I was numb from my waist downwards. This was checked by spraying a cold spray onto my leg which I couldn't feel at all.
The next thing I knew I was waking up in the recovery room and was then transferred to my own bed. I had absolutely no side effects and was sitting out of bed by lunchtime enjoying a light lunch and chatting with the nurses. That same afternoon I was encouraged to use a walking frame to visit the bathroom. I was given a strong pain killer before going to bed to allow me a restful night. I was never in any significant pain at any time.
The following day I had three sessions with the physiotherapist. By late afternoon I was able to walk with two sticks, climb 12 stairs and was given several exercises to aid my mobility and recovery.
That afternoon I was taken for an X-ray, to check that everything was fine with my new hip. Following that I was seen by the Consultant and discharged home.
I was given paracetamol and codeine to take for pain relief if required. I'm pleased to say I didn't need to take the codeine at all and am just taking six paracetamol a day at the moment.
I can't believe I was only in hospital for one night and discharged the next.
It was such a positive experience and I'm now on my way to getting my life back on track.
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