Surgery stories

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Shaduu, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. Shaduu macrumors 6502a

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    On Friday I had my first operation and was just wondering how many people on MR have had, or will be having, surgery.

    Mine was a simple knee arthroscopy to correct a torn meniscus. The surgeon I'd been seeing prior to the op said it was a strange injury for my age 'cause it's usually associated with degeneration of the knee joint. Either way, I got to sample some first-class tranquilisers and anaesthetic so I'm happy.

    I'm not happy about the ten days on crutches and self-injecting, though.

    So then, anyone have any more interesting stories?
     
  2. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    I have a cadaver bone surgically implanted in my hand. I impacted the metacarple bone and I had four 10 gauge 3 inch rods sticking out of my hand for a few months. The dead guy's bone is keeping me from having severe arthiritis, even though I already have it and I'm 19. I also have 4 dot scars and an inch long scar on my hand.
     
  3. steviem macrumors 68020

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    Woah - I had the same in March. However they ended up taking the worst part away, which I didn't really want.

    I'm now able to run, and ran 2 miles yesterday, with the only problem being a little twinge after running along some badly cambered pavement.

    The surgery, well I don't remember much from it, and the incisions are literally just little marks now.

    My OS said that it was a rare injury, but in rugby players (which is my sport) its a little more common. The arthroscopy showed that I slightly damaged my ACL at the same time as the meniscus, but it repaired itself really nicely.
     
  4. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Ooooh, bonus if you guys can show us X-rays/photos!


    My most exciting and share-worthy surgery was having a blood clot removed from my brain. (epidural hematoma in the right parietal-occipital region, for anyone curious) They shaved part of my head, drilled a hole and sucked it out with some sort of syringe. I was totally awake. I didn't like being restrained (they put your head in the mother of all vices) but it wasn't so bad, and I get to say I've had brain surgery!
     
  5. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    I've had an appendectomy and a tonsillectomy. They both went smoothly. I was in the hospital for two days after my appendectomy and I left after like a half hour after I got my tonsils out.
     
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    My father in law was dropped before he was all the way under when they were moving him from his hospital bed to the operating table. He was having a hip replacement done at the time. :eek:
     
  8. Shaduu thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well that's the kind of recovery I was hoping for. The surgery was only three days ago but I'm already able to walk on it with minimal pain despite having a full leg bandage. I surf pretty much everyday and the surgeon said that could have been a factor in the tear thanks to the constant twisting of the joint. Mind you, I've been complaining about my knees since I was about 3 or 4 (now 18) so no one's quite sure what caused it.

    I take it your arthroscopy was performed under local anaesthetic too; how did you deal with seeing strange metal instruments being stuffed into your knee? At first I was freaked out and then the tranquilisers the anaesthetist gave me kicked in and I found the whole thing hilarious.

    I have MRIs, X-Rays and photos from inside my knee. Take your pick. :D
     
  9. charlesbronsen macrumors 6502a

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    compound fracture - left forearm - 3 surgeries and various metal plates and screws- good times. too many stitches to count.

    hernia- right pelvis area - 19 stiches
     
  10. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

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    In October of 2008, I had a Mandibular Maxillary Osteotomy. Before the surgery, I had an open bite and my jaw line was not structured correctly. The surgeon broke jaw and realigned everything.

    They implanted a titanium plate in my chin to help bring my chin out more (I asked for a Jay Leno chin, but he didn't find that funny). During the realignment, he moved my jaw forward a whole bunch. The pictures below show how much my facial structure changed by having the surgery completed, but I have significant nerve damage in my chin. The nerves in my chin never regenerated and a good portion of my chin constantly feels numb.

    Before:
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    After:
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  11. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

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    @Sideonecincy
    It looks great!
    Sorry to hear about the nerve damage though. :(
     
  12. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    I'm having a throat operation (tonsils and what they suspect to be a tumor) on the 7. of August. I'm nervous and I hate hospitals.
     
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    I had the tip of my right pinky finger reattached when I was 5 years old. It was slammed almost completely off in a door.

    To this day, the tip of that finger is smaller than the rest of the finger, almost child-size.
     
  15. OutThere macrumors 603

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    [​IMG]

    Oral surgeon had to saw through some bone and flesh to get a couple of those puppies out. :)
     
  16. Boneoh macrumors 6502

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    I had a vasectomy several years ago. Didn't hurt much, but lying there on the table, I just kept praying that the Dr. wouldn't slip or sneeze while working next my johnson!
     
  17. SLC Flyfishing Suspended

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    Had my adenoids out when I was 14, and when I woke up from anesthesia I started freaking out. I was at a children's hospital so there was some sort of nursery rhyme or something like that painted on the wall in big letters but I couldn't read it, it literally made no sense. It was scary because I knew that I was supposed to be able to read but for some reason I couldn't. I also was screaming and thrashing about uncontrollably. I knew I needed to calm down but I couldn't control myself; it was not very pleasant. They ended up strapping me down because I started swinging my fists at the nurses once I became aware of them.

    Last week I had another surgical procedure done to re-construct my nose, I had broken it two weeks earlier and my right nostril was completely crushed. I warned the Anesthesiologist about my mishap after anesthesia the last time and asked him for a benzodiazepine of some kind to try and prevent a similar thing from happening. He said that what happened to me is somewhat common in teenagers, and that he wasn't worried about it now. I woke up peacefully this time with no outside interference.

    SLC
     
  18. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

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    Eh, hopefully the nerves regenerate, but if not, oh well. The nerve damage was a resulting problem that we didn't expect, but I accepted it pretty quickly and sorta forget about it (as much as I can)
     
  19. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    Had deviated septum fixed in 2000 when I was 15 (which has partially grown back :mad:) and impacted wisdom teeth out in 2003
     
  20. jmann macrumors 604

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    That's good, freaking out as an adult is no good. ;)
     
  21. chstr macrumors 6502a

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    I've had a broken ankle surgery, and a surgery that required cutting around my abdomen area, after which I had a lot of internal bleeding and almost died. Good luck!
     
  22. Ripcurlsurfin96 macrumors member

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    2x knee surgeries thanks to Ice Hockey and a knee to knee contact. Screwed up my meniscus and LCL..

    All said and done its about 98% good, it has its bad days...btw im 22 :p

    My Ice Hockey career is over and now i just play pickup and coach
     
  23. conch575 macrumors 6502

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    Wow a dead dudes bone! That's awesome! I'm afraid nothing interesting has ever happened to me, I've only gotten stiches on my head after I hit into a cupboard when I was little and all I remember is it bleeding like crazy.
     
  24. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    I'm still to squeamish about posting my month-old smashed tibia an fibula surgery, with scars from where they implanted 2 titanium plates and screws. The scabs are falling off.... I find bits and pieces of me every day. I'm finding my impatience with the thought of spending 4 more months like this to be harder to deal with than the iniital, excruciating pain. Like I've posted elsewhere, I totally get how Michael Jackson and others in pain just wish to go to sleep until the pain goes away.
    I had to deal with the injectable blood thinners for one month, but compared to what some of you guys suffered through, I really shouldn't complain.
     
  25. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I had one of those, too - I didn't count that as "surgery," but I guess it is. :cool:
     

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