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  • 2nd Question....Anesthesia

    Somewhere on this board I came across something with a small warning about 'spinal anesthesia'. I was thinking of having this type for a kidney stone I need removed. General anesthesia makes me very ill. Is there a problem with spinal anesthesia? What type do people on this board recommend? On the first kidney stone my cardiologist told them to use propofol only. But they used that and about 10 other drugs and gas and I was sick as a dog. I was in the hospital 12 hours instead of the 3 they said. Thanks for any info about anesthesia.

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    Hi. The reason they recommend you not use spinals such as an epidural is the potential for your blood pressure to crash. You need to talk to your doc and carefully consider what to do.

    Reenie
    Reenie

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    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

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      Isn't this a problem with anyone having a spinal? The potential for that? I think the anesthesiologists have to give the medication very very slowly so they don't cause that in anyone. Is it more precarious for hcm people that they might suffer this problem?

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        lithotripsy

        Dear K,

        Can't they do a lithotripsy on you? I had one and they just gave me some valium-like stuff and zapped me with sound waves in a tub. Broke up the stone nicely. Felt like I'd been beaten with a baseball bat the next day, but the actual procedure was quick and easy.

        Do you have to have actual surgery? See if there is a way around that.

        S

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        • #5
          Kathyn, Lisa is busy with the big news promotion today, but I'm sure she will post for you on this issue very soon. In the meantime, use the search and read thru old postings. Linda

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          • #6
            HI I am back!
            I will post more soon just wanted to say any drug that causes vasodilation should be use with caution in HCM. You need to work with your doctors on this very carefully.
            Lisa
            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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            • #7
              Hi,

              For what it's worth, i just recently had hernia surgery. Thinking that it would be safer for my heart (and cheaper), i asked for a spinal. When it came time to meet with the anesthesiologist prior to surgery, he told me that general anesthesia was actually much safer with my HCM. Why? I don't really know. I trusted him to know more about that than me

              Jim
              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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              • #8
                Sarah

                Hi Sarah, yes I have had lithotripsy. Had a huge almost staghorn stone in my kidney. Had a stent placed and then a month later the litho. But the type of stones I have don't show up on xray. They only show up on ct scan and the litho machines are run by xray. Since my stones don't show that way they have to go up and inject dye into your bladder and ureters and to do that you must be put out. the stone I have now is way low. Half way down the ureter and litho doesn't work well where it is. They want to go up and take it out manually. I had to have general anesthesia 3 times last year and each time it made me sicker. No one seemed to care much about my Hocm either! You don't get that great of medical care down here in San Diego unfortunately. AT least not in my opinion. I have several nice knowledgable doctors but they are much too busy for the best of care. At least thats how I feel. Every medical office down here is filled to capacity like a huge free clinic or something. Its amazing what it has turned into! There's my rant for the day.

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                • #9
                  kidney stones

                  Hi,

                  About ten years ago, the University of Chicago hospital was doing some serious kidney stone research with diet and stuff. You should check them out and see if they can help you.

                  S

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                  • #10
                    I will see if I can find them on the web. thanks.

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