Whats surgery has most painful recovery?

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Fri, 12-15-2006 - 11:59pm

So, Dh and I got into a discussion today about surgeries. I




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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:17am
I'm just guessing that something like a lung or heart transplant is pretty awful! I'm sure any kind of amputation sucks as well. But, them are man parts - that's gotta be scary, really!! Sympathize with the poor man!!


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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:21am

Liposuction was the most painful recovery for me by far. They separate the skin from the tissues and muscles to get at the fat, and there's a lot of healing to do from that. I couldn't sit up unassisted for 2 weeks, and my thighs hurt to touch for months afterwards. And it's not even permanent! I got plenty fat years later, but I've always lost it the hard way since then. I would not care to repeat the experience.

The most painful surgery to undergo was my first nose job. I was awake for it, and I cried the whole way through. And the guy did such a crappy job I had to have it redone later anyway. All that excruciating agony AND expense for nothing! Grrrr!

Boobjobs were easy, no recovery time at all, really. I was out of bed and trying on bras in lingerie stores two days after surgery, and back in front of the cameras after 2 weeks, good as new.

My second nosejob wasn't so bad, since I was asleep for that one. Although when they remove the packing stuffed up in your sinuses that didn't feel so hot. I nearly yakked on the doctor when he started pulling big long wads of cotton out of my nose!! EWWW!!! LOL!














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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:29am
I find those "extreme makover" shows very interesting and can manage to watch every detail EXCEPT the nose jobs. I have to look away for those...ICKY! Just READING about yours made me shudder...
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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:33am
I think any surgery where they crack your chest would be pretty darned painful. Also any surgery involving abdominal wall muscles hurts like heck. I have heard that a vasectomy isn't that bad, actually.

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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:36am

bowel resection is hands down the most painful recovery, seriously.

As for DH not wanting the V because it will be painful, he's welcome to talk to my dh. It wasn't painful at all. He had minor discomfort that he equated with a headache (pun?) that tylenol and a little ice and some down time took care of. It's NOT painful, espeically in comparision to c-sec, or even to you going in and having a tubal. And the recovery is much, much easier for men.

ETA: I forgot to mention that I have an extremely high pain threshold and coming out of my resection surgery, I refused to see anyone. My parents and DH were totally crushed, but I just couldn't let anyone I loved see me like that. BTW, a resection is when they cut the bowels apart and sew the healthy ends back together, I had over 12 inches of dead bowel removed after my last baby was about a month old. They did the resection August 4th and I was just finally back on my feet in October! It was sheer hell!




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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 12:45am

Thats what I have heard too.




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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 1:23am
Being a surgical first assistant, I can tell you that your hemorrhoidectomy is regarded in the surgery world as one of the most painful recoveries out there! It's pretty brutal. I've done a few and I'd have to think loooong and hard about getting one done. I can see the bowel resection being tough, too. Also the lipo, it's another brutal one. If anyone's watched Nip/Tuck, it's pretty accurate, except how they handle the scalpel. But, as far as the big V goes, yes, the boys can get swollen afterward, but IF it does happen, it's temporary. Ask him what he wants less, temporary discomfort or more kids.





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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 3:01am

I dunno, most guys I know who had vasectomies are up and walking right afterwards. For me the C-section wins hands down as painful recovery. That excruciating tugging is horrid. Not to mention those horrible contractions of the uterus (if it is your second child) after your uterus has already been through the torture of being sliced open and sewed back up. I hear that bunion surgery is pretty awful too.

I think a vasectomy would fall at around a 1 or 2 on the pain scale. The incision is like half an inch and since the vas deferens has no nerves... the only pain is the same as a few stitches.

Tell DH to quit his whining!

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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 9:21am
I had a tonsillectomy when I was 29 and that was the most pain Ive ever felt. Definitely not fun when you're older getting those tonsils out. I couldnt eat for 2 weeks but the Percocet was nice!

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Sat, 12-16-2006 - 2:27pm
I would have to vote for orthopedic surgery...especially to repair a fracture. My mother has had several abdominal surgeries, thyroidectomy and some ortho surgeries. She also had 3 unmedicated vaginal births. She said the surgery to repair her ankle fracture was by far the worst pain she's ever had. I have had only one minor wrist surgery but have broken 3 bones. Breaking my pelvis was my worst pain ever. It didn't require surgery but I could feel the ends of the broken bones scraping together for weeks (sorry, TMI). It took 6 months to heal.

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