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#1 ~*cass*~

Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:47 AM

Hi all,

I am booked in to have the LLETZ procedure in hospital in a few weeks as I have abnormal cells on my cervix (cin3) and I am now getting nervous about being awake for it. I was given the option of being put under a general anesthetic or being awake and having it performed in the outpatients clinic. I chose not to be put under as it's only a few days before christmas and the recovery time is minimal.

So far I have been told by everyone I am crazy for not choosing the general anesthetic and am so worried I have made the wrong choice. I was hoping that I might be able to get some positive feedback from those that have actually had the LLETZ done? Also will I be able to resume normal activities, nothing heavy but just the usual day-to-day things during that mad last-minute christmas rush?

Thanks  original.gif

#2 Fossy

Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:54 AM

Hi, I had LLETZ done about 2 years ago due to CIN2.  I had a general anaesthetic, so can't comment about the twilight sedation, but I was completely fine afterwards, I had to wait in recovery for a few hours, have some food, then was discharged.  We went shopping on the way home and brought a new camera!! I went to bed early that night, but was perfectly fine the next day.  I had a little bit of light bleeding for a few days, but only had to wear a liner.  I didn't have any pain or anything like that.

Good luck, feel free to PM me if you have any other questions

#3 ~*cass*~

Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:42 PM

Thanks so much for your reply Bubs10  original.gif

#4 shezniy76

Posted 17 November 2010 - 04:52 PM


Sorry, I can't be of any help but just wanted to wish you all the best. I may need to have this done down the track. I also had abnormal cells with my last smear but specialist wants to see me in 6 months first.

#5 salnic

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:01 PM

I have had this done 3 times due to CIN3 but had a general each time, so I can't comment on having it done under sedation. It was a long time ago and I can't really remember a lot but went in at 7am in the morning and was home by 2-3pm in the afternoon. I think I had a few days off work and that was about it. I did have a D&C performed a few years ago after a late miscarriage a few days before Xmas and I was physically ok to do last minute shopping a little tender but not too bad. Mentally not so good, so probably hard to know how much was physical pain and how much was grief.

Good Luck with it all

Edited by salnic, 17 November 2010 - 05:02 PM.


#6 Bluie

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:08 PM


I had it done about 8 years ago but like bubs10 was under a general. I don't think I was given an alternative. It didn't take very long and was home that afternoon. There was a little bleeding for a couple of days but no pain.

To be honest I would take the general as I think they "burn" away the cells so it may not smell very good and might freak you out more.

Good luck with it all, hope the next result is a an all clear.



#7 LK1

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:22 PM

I had this done too, about 5 years ago, maybe more.
I went under for it.
I was sore afterwards, for about a week, like period pain, nothing some nurofen plus didn't fix.
The anaesthetic did knock me about a bit, just a bit dopey and tired.
Can you still chose to go under?

#8 Zebra On My Garden

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:25 PM

I had this done about 5 years ago, but was also under a GA.

Very slight spotting for a day or two afterwards and from memory, a tiny bit of mild cramping but it didn't last long. It didn't stop me from doing anything.

Good luck. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

#9 annalise24

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:34 PM

I've had a LLETZ and a Cone biopsy, both under GA.  My recovery time was minimal, I rested that afternoon and the next day I was back to normal.  I didn't bleed at all after either.

Good luck, and I hope it all goes well.

#10 feral strawberry

Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:44 PM

I also have had a LLETZ and like PP i was under GA and there was minimal recovery. I rested the rest f the day and then was fine the next.

#11 ~*cass*~

Posted 17 November 2010 - 06:20 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone. Gee I hope I've made the right decision. I suppose I could change my mind but I'm thinking I would have to start at the top of the waiting list as they are two seperate waiting lists. I'm not so much worried about pain as they give me a local but I'm worried that I won't cope emotionally especially with the burning smell as Upsadaisy said.

shezniy76 - All the best, I hope everything goes well with you too.

#12 tara _de

Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:20 PM

QUOTE (~*cass*~ @ 17/11/2010, 12:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all,

I am booked in to have the LLETZ procedure in hospital in a few weeks as I have abnormal cells on my cervix (cin3) and I am now getting nervous about being awake for it. I was given the option of being put under a general anesthetic or being awake and having it performed in the outpatients clinic. I chose not to be put under as it's only a few days before christmas and the recovery time is minimal.

So far I have been told by everyone I am crazy for not choosing the general anesthetic and am so worried I have made the wrong choice. I was hoping that I might be able to get some positive feedback from those that have actually had the LLETZ done? Also will I be able to resume normal activities, nothing heavy but just the usual day-to-day things during that mad last-minute christmas rush?

Thanks  original.gif

Hi,
Had this procedure 6 days ago,
33 min procedure.........40 min recovery after general anesthetic.
Dressed, something to eat and drink do a wee and then home.Cant drive for 24 hours.
Have a bit of spotting.No cramps and back at work after a couple of days.
Hope all goes well


#13 Le-a

Posted 22 November 2012 - 12:06 AM

I had this done about three years ago. I had a local anesthetic, watched the whole thing on the tv screen, felt fine afterwards with no bleeding or cramping. It was like an extra long papsmear, with some added noise etc. honestly, if you've had a colposcopy, it's not much different to that IME.



#14 saxa

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:52 PM

I had one done and was awake for it like the PP.

Not much worse than the initial colposcopy, I didn't watch the massive flat screen TV my Gyno has.

I had a bit of cramping a day or so after and you get a gross discharge but really wasn't that bad.

#15 Amanda_JB

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (Le-a @ 22/11/2012, 01:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had this done about three years ago. I had a local anesthetic, watched the whole thing on the tv screen, felt fine afterwards with no bleeding or cramping. It was like an extra long papsmear, with some added noise etc. honestly, if you've had a colposcopy, it's not much different to that IME.



exactly this ^^ except not watching it on tv! i wasnt even given the option of having a GA  unsure.gif

#16 mumandboys

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

I had this, although it was a long time ago now (over 10 years).

I only had a local, I wasn't given the option of a GA.

I didn't find it traumatic at all.  The smell is a bit yuck, felt nothing and was totally fine afterwards.

#17 Mini_feral

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

HI op,

I'm sure you'll be fine, they would have offered you a GA if it was needed. When I had the lletz I had it done under GA and my gyno explained it was because of the position of the abnormal cells, they were right across my whole cervix. He said if the patch had been smaller it would have been done under a local. All anaesthetics carry risks so if they are happy to do it under local then that is a good thing.

The recovery afterwards was easy, I was pretty crampy for a couple of days but back to normal after that. It's more emotionally draining then anything!

Good luck, it's such a stressful time but I just got my 12month all clear a couple of months ago and it's such a good feeling!

#18 coffee42

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

I had a GA and needed minimal recovery time. Also biopsy with a high risk of bleeding, so I think better that I wasn't awake. Also agree, discharge isn't nice, some brown burnt-like blood. Recovery was fine though and I think I went back to work after one day.

#19 Rosepickles

Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

I also wasn't given the option of GA, so just had a local. I found it quite unpleasant and dis cry afterwards. Not saying that to scare you, just to let you know it could be emotional. Some people seem to not find it so. Afterwards it was like period pain, i just had a bit of a rest day but was fine to move around etc.
Best of luck




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