What do I do when I'm scared to have surgery?
I literally feel that I wont wake up from the anesthetic. I have chiari malformation 1 which is when the bottom of the brain hangs through my skull into the spinal cord causing spinal fluid to build up and not get to the left half of my body. I've been having really bad panic attacks countless times each day. I know my body, and I KNOW that I will not make it through the surgery!!! The problem is, if I dont get this fixed, it will someday cripple me and probably kill me. So I feel like I have no choice but to try the surgery but omg I cant think right. I think I'm going to die!!!
- formerly_bobLv 74 months agoFavorite Answer
Put on your big boy panties and get it over with. It seems to me that the tiny little chance of dying from surgery would be much less a concern than the 100% chance of becoming a brain-damaged quadriplegic without the surgery. Not to mention the pain you would need to endure without surgery.
- PippinLv 74 months ago
If your diagnosis has made the surgery more dangerous for you, that would be something the surgeon and anesthesiologist would have carefully explained, letting you know what the risks and benefits are.
If not -- in an otherwise young and healthy patient (your other questions say you are 18) the odds of dying from surgical complications in ANY surgery are remote. (And a quick search finds no evidence to suggest that this particular procedure is unusually dangerous or complicated.)
- InLv 74 months ago
It sounds to me like the surgery is safe and effective, and you can live a normal life without any complications.
"People with more severe symptoms may need surgery. Surgery is the only treatment available to correct functional disturbances or stop the progression of damage to the central nervous system. The goals of surgical treatment are decompression of the point where the skull meets the spine (the cervicomedullary junction) and restoration of normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the region of the foramen magnum (the hole in the bottom of the skull where the spinal cord passes to connect to the brain). Prognosis after surgery for the condition is generally good and typically depends on the extent of neurological deficits that were present before the surgery. Most people have a reduction of symptoms and/or prolonged periods of relative stability. More than one surgery may be needed to treat the condition."
Set your fears aside and get the surgery ASAP!!!