I think you have made the right choices here and nothing you talk about re medicine would bother me. I am glad to see you feel comfortable talking with all of us.
I have seen many patient's have your surgeries - both the hemorrhoidectomy and the hernia repair. In fact my son-in-law, before he married my daughter, had the hernia repair and I took care of him - much to his chagrin.
Right before your surgery I am sure you will receive IV medication to help you relax and after that you will find you are waking up and everything is over.
Before you have general anesthesia, your anesthesiologist will review:
- Your medical history
- The medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements
- Any street drugs you are taking
- Your allergies
- Your tobacco and alcohol use history
- Your past experiences with anesthesia and your family's history with general anesthesia
It is important to tell your anesthesiologist about all of the medications you take.
For 24 hours after surgery, your doctor may tell you to avoid:
- Over-the-counter cold medicines
- Allergy medicines
- Muscle relaxants
These drugs may interact with the drugs used for general anesthesia.
The risk of serious problems with general anesthesia is very low. It's more dangerous for you to drive to your doctor's appointment than it is to have general anesthesia. The possible complications will be discussed with you and if you have questions speak up and ask before you sign any consent forms. :)
You can expect some pain after surgery however I am sure your Dr. will give you medication to take for pain while you are in the hospital and when your ready to go home.
I know you are concerned about work but try not to get caught up in the "what if?" thinking and just take care of yourself and having your surgery done first. Remember we can set ourselves up for increased anxiety when we make a catastrophic prediction of the future. For now deal with your surgery on Tuesday and stay in the moment my friend. You are going to be OK.
Sending lots of warm hugs and encouraging words.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"