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#1 Mumof3specs

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:30 PM

So we are looking at IVF. Wasn't expecting to hear that I will have to be put under for egg retrieval. I am scared. Can anyone tell me how long you are under for and was it scary?

Thank you.

#2 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:36 PM

Egg retrieval is pretty quick for most people. Not sure how long I was under, but it wasn’t long. For me it was a little bit scary just disrobing and being prepped for it. They try to make it cosy with a nice comfy waiting room, and DH was there until almost the start, but let’s face it, you’re naked under a hospital gown waiting for surgery.  But once out i woke up fresh, happy, and no pain at all. I didn’t have pain afterwards either. It was all very quick and easy for me. And I suffer nausea from GAs too, but I didn’t for that op cause it was so quick and I told them in advance. Everyone was friendly, and it is a production line, they do many a day, so it all runs smoothly.

#3 kerilyntaryn

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:39 PM

I cant remember how long I was under - not long and bit apprehensive before hand and I usually have problems with anaesthetic but not problems at all

All the best

Edited by kerilyntaryn, 10 October 2018 - 04:39 PM.


#4 Mumof3specs

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:40 PM

Great, thank you for that. Its good to hear stories from those who have experienced it. I just have to remember the end result and it will be worth it.

Do you have to fast on the day?

#5 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:44 PM

Yeah I think I did fast

#6 kerilyntaryn

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:47 PM

yes I remember fasting and afterwards they gave me something to eat and drink and relax in some comfy chairs afterwards

#7 Mollyksy

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:53 PM

My clinic didn't put you under, just used IV painkillers that made you woozy. You could ask if it really worries you. Promise you generally dont feel anything. I even had one of mine without any painkillers (my veins were playing silly buggers). And that didn't hurt.

A standard collection you are in recovery about an hour, have a sandwich and cuppa (which taste amazing!), then home.

All the best!!

#8 cheshire_cat

Posted 10 October 2018 - 04:55 PM

OP it's called twilight sedation (usually), not a general.
I don't think egg retrieval is even classed as an 'operation'.
You'll be ok. Edited to add, sorry I was in a hurry so this may sound a little blunt. But you really will be ok! :-)

Edited by cheshire_cat, 10 October 2018 - 04:56 PM.


#9 Jenflea

Posted 10 October 2018 - 05:03 PM

The fear of the unknown is worse than the procedure itself.

I did have a bit of cramping after mine but nothing too bad. I took a day off work though from memory.

#10 Mumof3specs

Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:08 AM

Thanks everyone. Sadly my clinic only uses a general. I just double checked on the website and the ob did say I'd be 'under' for it. Blergh.

#11 cstar

Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:21 AM

Mine was along time ago, but I don't remember it being too long.

A friend of mine who did it many times would always say, it was the best sleep she ever had.

all the best.

#12 Just Jack

Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:26 AM

It's nothing to worry about, really. I think i was under for about 20-30 min. Woke up feeling like I'd had a good sleep. A bit crampy, but nothing a hot pack didn't fix.

#13 sweetpea8

Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:38 AM

Hi Dani

Don't be too nervous about it. I found it to be totally okay, I think I was out for about 15 min, maximum. Was a little bit crampy afterwards, but was an over-responder, so assume they had to do a lot of draining of fluid and eggs.

I was under for the 15 min, but it's honestly totally fine and the little snacks afterwards are great. And the little heat pack for your sore tummy.

Good luck.

xx

#14 LittleMissPink

Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:35 AM

I was under for around 15-20 minutes, felt fine afterwards, and yes, its fasting. I was so hungry afterwards, ate heaps then caught a flight home. Little bit of bloaty/period cramps later that day, but nothing a panadol couldnt fix.

#15 makingmirrors

Posted 12 October 2018 - 02:51 PM

View PostDoingitoverat40, on 11 October 2018 - 10:08 AM, said:

Thanks everyone. Sadly my clinic only uses a general. I just double checked on the website and the ob did say I'd be 'under' for it. Blergh.

It’s not actually a general anaesthetic in the big scary term, it’s a sedation. I’ve had it 10 times now, 8 for collections. Only felt rotten after one and that was when I was under for about an hour (which was about as twice as long than planned) as I had severe endo. Good luck

#16 Paddlepop

Posted 12 October 2018 - 03:04 PM

It would be twilight sedation and not full general anaesthetic. It means that you keep breathing for yourself and don't need a breathing tube down your throat. Some people might remember parts of it or say weird or silly things. I remember nothing. I was in the theatre with the anaesthetist injecting something into my cannula and the next moment I was in recovery. It was a bit disorienting. It was my first experience with anaesthesia other than local. I was pretty scared leading up to it but tried to focus on the reason I was doing it and concentrated on getting my baby at the end of it all.

Once I was awake enough a nurse told me how many eggs were retrieved, and how many of those eggs were mature eggs that could be used. I was given a sandwich and drink to have but have food intolerances and couldn't eat it, but we were prepared and brought along my own snack. My DH was let in to recovery to be with me, and give me my food. He'd gone and done his part of the IVF procedure while I was under.

I had to pee before I was allowed to go home. After that I was discharged. I don't recall any pain but I was very woozy from the twilight sedation. Turns out I just get very sleepy and tired from either twilight or full GA. I went home and slept it off for the next few days, but that's just how I am with anaesthetics.

Good luck.

#17 Bumbleflop

Posted 12 October 2018 - 11:01 PM

Love seeing questions like this as I’m clueless too! Nice to have some warning :)


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