Anesthesia during PFO

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I finally had Mr Drs Nurse return my call with all my Questions (took 4 days to get back to me)
I will get to talk to Another Nurse next Wed at my Pre Op & can re ask my Questions to her. (surgery is Dec 29th)
I have one Big Fear.
If some of you saw under my thread: open Heart for PFO/ASD?  
My Sedation for my TEE was basically nothing.  I was wide awake & in alot of pain during the whole test.
I watched the Monitor the whole time- except when I was gagging & coughing.  I felt every single movement of the Scope.
The nurse said they use the same Sedation for the PFO closure!
She said to make sure I mention to them that the TEE test sedation was not enough.
What if they still do not sedate me enough?
Im kind of freaking out this past week & hearing this wasnt good.
So - how was it for others??

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   Posted 12/11/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   


PFO/ASD closure with a catheter is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour. The surgeon inserts a catheter into a vein, usually in the groin, and moves it into the right side of the heart through the vena cava, which delivers deoxygenated blood to the heart. The patient receives a local anesthetic and can usually return to work in a few days.
Request ahead of time to please have some IV sedation such as Versed or whatever your physicians uses.

Do speak up re your concerns.

Bless you


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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt.
I will be sure to speak up. I hope they listen.

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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, please make sure you ask for some sedation. My Doctor did the procedure without any sedation. I was wide awake throughout and I must say I felt every little thing and it was quite painful. I also have a problem with having small veins and that caused even more pain. I ended up vaso vagaling twice during the procedure. I would guess that if the TEE bothered you that much then you definitely need some sedation for the procedure. Good luck on the 29th!
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