- Jul 10, 2007
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I have surgery next week. Kind of freaky. I know I'm in excellent hands and in excellent facilities but the whole thing feels unnatural and unnerving.
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Never actually had surgery, but as part of my EMT certification I had the opportunity to watch a doctor insert a shunt at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. It really is unbelievable to see the things modern medicine can accomplish.
Here are a few things I found from my surgery that I worried about but turned out to not be such a problem. 1. Pain: I was really worried that the surgery would be painful or the weeks after would be painful. However, the pain is actually managed very well both after the surgery in hospital and once you return home. Of injuries I had over my lifetime, the surgery was way down the list. (Breaking my ankle falling off a ladder is probably on top). 2. Being sent home: depending on your surgery the doctors may recommend you return home very quickly. I was skeptical of this at first because I felt safe in the hospital; but it is actually much better to go home and be in your own environment. 3. Mentally, it will take some time to deal with it both before and after. Take it slow, and talk to friends and family. 4.
I've had an appendectomy. If I had been born a century prior or before, I would have died at age 19. Instead I spent one night in the hospital and recovered completely in a matter of weeks.
I've had one major surgery; open heart surgery to fix a hole and replace a valve. I was in my late teens when I had it. It is very unnerving and scary. It seems like a very unnatural thing to happen, to have someone intentionally cut your body. However, often times surgery is the most precise medical operation one can undergo. The goal is often "remove this", "replace that" the same as replacing a part on a car. Much clearer than having to use chemical/pharmaceutical therapies. After having it described to me I felt much better.