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Hi, my name is 44flower! I am allergic to general anesthetic, but have to have cataract surgery soon

44flower
44flower Community member Posts: 3 Listener
I have cerebral palsy and alergic to General anesthetic. I am about to have catarract operations on both eyes. I am deaf and 79 years old. Is there anyone out there who could advise me. I have refused the General anesthetic.

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  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 1,437 Scope online community team
    Hi there @44flower and welcome to the community, how are you today?

    I'll move your post to another category so more people will be able to see it. But I do need to say we are not medical professionals, so cannot advise on surgical matters, but one of the regulars may be able to advise on who you could speak to.   Have you spoken to you GP and the surgeon about this for some support? 
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 15,338 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @44flower - & welcome to the community from me also. I'm sorry to read about your problems with general anaesthesia. However, my understanding is that cataract surgery is usually done using local anaesthesia, so, as above, I'd contact your GP, eye clinic or surgeon to find out more about your cataract surgery.
    If by any chance you have problems with a local anaesthetic, there may be ways around this too. For years I thought that local anaesthesia didn't work on me, as I still felt everything. My last dentist found one that she felt would be effective, so I made a note of it, & have had this used for a subsequent dental treatment, & for a minor oral surgery. Hoping there's a way for you to have a successful surgery.
  • 44flower
    44flower Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    I am seeing the eye doctor on Monday so he nay be able to shed some light on my concerns.  I just wondered what the experiences were of athetoid cerebral palsy were undergoing catarract surgery.
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,212 Disability Gamechanger
    @44flower
    I'm no expert on any of this but have had cataract surgery and they were done under a local anaesthetic. 
    Think that is generally the way they go these days.
    It is painless. No eye shield (least not at the clinic mine were done), aftercare at home consists of eye drops.
    Best wishes for you!
  • 44flower
    44flower Community member Posts: 3 Listener
    I have  the fidgety athetoid type of cerebral palsy that is why general anesthetic was offered. But hopefully they may give me a muscle relaxant as well as the local anesthetic.  Valium, my brother tells me
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,212 Disability Gamechanger
    44flower said:
    I have  the fidgety athetoid type of cerebral palsy that is why general anesthetic was offered. But hopefully they may give me a muscle relaxant as well as the local anesthetic.  Valium, my brother tells me
    One thing you do have to do under the local is lay still. Something they kept shouting at me about. But a muscle relaxant would do it.

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