Spinal or general anesthesia for cervical surgery?

by Rachel on May 20, 2011

This Tuesday I will have a ‘cervical surgery’. This means I was diagnosed with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and I have pre-cancerous cells which will eventually transform to cancerous ones and I need them to be removed from the cervix (in which these damaged tissue is found)… Like it was not enough with the terrible news of me showing positive on HPV, I was told about these just a week ago. It is really getting on my nerves since I will be on surgery in only 4 days. I was told to think which of the anesthesias I wanted to have between general and spinal. Spinal really FREAKS me out so much since I’ve heard that it causes problems and discomforts in the long term… and also there is a risk of something going wrong get paralyzed… But other people say that general is more dangerous since side effects are stronger. Which of them you think I should choose????

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

krzynurse13 May 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

Don’t freak…. I would go with spinal, much more safe than going under general anesthesia and being intubated. I had HPV years ago, I just had to have a colposcopy, they don’t use any anesthesia because the cervix really doesn’t have any nerve endings. I just felt like period cramps while they were doing it. I don’t know what kind of procedure you are having that you even need anesthesia. Well to make you feel better – over 75% of sexually active people have or had HPV. I had one colposcopy, (they remove the bad cells) and have never had a bad pap since! Good luck girly!

doncrisp99 May 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

based on my experience with both systems, I would recommend you get a spinal if you have a problem in breathing, as in the case of asthma; otherwise, I would go for general.

ushs2012k May 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm

im sorry im a guy i do not much about cervical cancer or hpv but i do know that general anesthesia is the way to go. dont let pple freak u out bout the side effects of general anesthesia. yes they can be strong but the are not common and im pretty sure that they test u to see if u are allergic to the anesthesia (side effects are caused if u are allergic to it) so if youre not allergic to it, then u have nothing to worry about. Spinal anesthesia (or any spinal procedure for that matter is dangerous) they can cause permanent damage such as PARALYSIS now its not common that pple get paralyzed from a simple spinal procedure, but from my understand there is no benefit from getting spinal anesthesia vs. general. sorry that this is so lengthy

Indiana Jones May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

i don’t want you to make a %100 decision from just reading what people on Y/A say. so be sure to research both types prior to deciding.

personally i would NOT go with the spinal. i have a friend that had it with her c-section and now her back is messed up. and it freaks me out as well to think that something such as becoming paralyzed could happen.
plus i would not want to be aware of what they are doing.

i would go for the general anesthesia cuz you will be completely unaware of what is going on and you will not have the urge to move around or feel like you may have to pee or suddenly get itchy somewhere and be dieing to scratch it.
there is a more serious risk with general since you are completely unconscious and your life is basically in the anesthesiologist’s hands but the anesthesiologist will be standing right next to you the whole time monitoring everything and if there is a complication they do everything they can to correct it.

even though i am always nervous when i get GA know that they will take good care of me.

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