Hi all. I'm posting this from the UK where medical practice might be different from the USA for example.
My question is directed to members with sleep apnoea who have had surgery or from doctors, not merely advice from anyone who has not.
So essentially the question is quite simple but the answer for the patient - me - could be critical in terms of successfully surviving the operation.
I am described as a "mild" sufferer of sleep apnoea but nevertheless have used a CPAP machine with varying success over the past few years. It has been modified to ASV output as my condition is changing to mixed apnoea, i.e. obstructive and central.
I am facing the prospect of having a repeat operation for an inguinal hernia as the first using open surgery and mesh failed. An aspect of the failure might have been that the NHS used local anesthetic, at my request, to remove any risk of using General Anesthetic. I'll not attempt to reiterate these risks here as they are well documented and anyone needing to have surgery should already have considered that risk.
Surgery for a recurrent inguinal hernia is very much more difficult than the first time around. Generally speaking the opposite method to the first time would be used which in my case would be keyhole (laparoscopy) surgery which by definition requires full general anesthetic. In my case spinal or block anesthesia has been offered but that too is difficult for me as I also suffer from peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage of unknown source to the legs.
So, if you have undergone surgery requiring anesthetic similar to what I am facing, or a doctor experienced in this I would very much appreciate your advice and comments. At present, the level of discomfort and the necessary avoidance of heavy tasks are bearable. That may not long remain the case. Dont-know
Thank you so much. Thanks