Had sinus polyps removed, gall bladder removed both with general anesthesia. Had obstructive SA at the time but didnt know it.
Both times I was a bit longer to wake up than normal in recovery but nothing dangerous.
Just let them know you have it so they arent caught with their surgical gowns down so to speak and youll be fine.
There are tons of masks etc out there to help you deal with being claustrophobic. You really need to get your SA treated before it causes serious cardiac problems and other problems. Trust me you really dont want to go down that road when the treatment to prevent it is so easy.
I had a endoscopy and a week later I was diagnose with moderate sleep apnea no problem.
I had a c-scope in the fall and told them I have OSA. Said it was not really an issue as they have procedures for someone with it. Procedure went without any problems and my doc said I would get my next one in 10 years.
When I had my back surgery I also told them about my OSA. Only thing I had to do was bring my own mask, however, they never used it as it didn't fit their system. Instead, they put me on a wifi O2 sensor and said if it dropped too low, they would take it from there. I was awake most of the night anyway (can't sleep in hospitals) and no issues.
In both cases, no problem using my own machine when I got home.
01-25-2015, 03:41 PM
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as many people as go under anesthesia, there are hardly any issues with it BUT, they do happen. Make sure that you make it clear and you tell the anesthesiologist yourself and not bank on it getting relayed to him or her, that you have OSA.
I was told by an anesthesiologist that it was much better for people with OSA to go under anesthesia rather than "twilight" because it is easier to help a patient if they have a problem.
In the 80's I went to a hospital to have my wisdom teeth removed because it was easier for me to have it done at one time and under anesthesia since they were wrapped around the bones. Apparently, during the procedure, I quit breathing. It was attributed to the anesthesiologist giving me too much anesthesia but who knows (I never got a bill from the anesthesiologist). At any rate, that was dinosaur technology then compared to what there is now and I lived through it. I think some of the problem might have been that I had OSA way back then but I don't know as I never had any symptoms that I am aware of but heck, I was young and was raising children, playing sports, etc. etc. The point is, even with dinosaur technology compared to today, I was in a hospital setting and I am alive today, in my opinion, because of that and a fast acting medical person(s).
I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy in 2010 with anesthesia and instead of twilight (propofol was used) and I had trouble when they were doing the endoscopy but not a bit of trouble with the colonoscopy. That tells me that it was definitely not an issue with the anesthesia.
Like many have said, have the procedure done in a regular hospital setting where there is more access to help if you should have an issue and not a stand-a-lone facility AND make sure YOU talk to the anesthesiologist and tell them YOURSELF about having OSA and any other conditions you have so they are prepared to take care of any situations that may happen. In other words, they are going to have plans in place in case they have to go to battle!
The rest is up to a higher power
I have both, an endoscopy and colonoscopy every year. Been doing that for over 8 years. Use to do it with no anesthesia. Finally wised up and now do it in what you guys call twilight. Never had a problem.
As they say "Practise makes perfect." (:-)
Look, I've had several procedures to remove kidney stones under general anaesthetic. First time I took my CPAP with me, but the Anaesthetist (who I got to know well over the years) said "look it's my job to keep you breathing... don't worry"
Mind you I ensure to disclose it on the medical questionnaire
Somehow I've managed to awaken in the recovery ward without incident, and since they keep patients elevated there's no way you can have an apnea "event" because you're not lying flat on the bed.
So please allow me to assure anybody up for being put to sleep DO NOT WORRY