So thanks to the sometimes awesome yet evil power of Google, I am now scared to death of Versed. I have read some amazing stories about it and some beyond terrifying stories. Most of the terrifying stories come from people who either a. did not think to look up "twilight sedation" or b. didn't ask questions. I am extremely nosy when it comes to medical stuff that is going on with me. So I will be asking a lot of questions, but I am still on the fence about Versed. I am also contemplating going without any sedation. Iv read some awesome stories about people who have done this and it does put me as ease a little bit, but I'm still not sure what to do. With my ablation date being on the 13th I have 5 days including today to make up my mind, and I just don't know what to do.I know I can probably handle being awake if and only if I have a good dose of anti anxiety meds. I do plan on calling the dr today and asking some questions, like what exactly are they going to use for the sedative, I know they typically use Versed for ablations, but there is a small hope inside of me that my dr dose not use that lol. So my question is has anyone else not used sedation for their ablation? has anyone have any very bad adverse effects after the versed has worn off? (heard of this 18yr old girl waking up screaming and crying and then going suicidal after versed was used for wisdom tooth extraction) any opinions on what I should do. Mind you I have very bad anxiety, like I have trouble going into stores and restaurants and being around a lot of people, but I am very nosy and would like to know what is going on. Thanks for reading!
I've had Versed a number of times for other "things" and it a good sedation, and the stories you are reading are from an exceedingly small group of people. Typically, you wake up and within 5 minutes are wide awake, and ready to eat something. Seriously, if you are concerned about things like this, I would not go in the cath lab without any form of "sedation". I know of at least one person here on the forum whose ablation was stopped because they couldn't stop shaking from fear, and no form of sedation was approved beforehand. It had to be rescheduled with anesthesia.
You should talk with the ansethesia department at the facility you're getting this done at and see what they use and if they can give you perhaps a Vallium injection like they did for me to relax you.
I've had Versed for all 3 of my ablations and I love it. That's really something for me to say that because I typically can't stand taking medications at all. Pill popping just annoys me. Even after my abdominal surgery I refused to take the nasty pain pills because after trying one, I was way too loopy and sick. But Versed is delightful.
Like any medication, there may be a tiny percentage that react to it. Some people are allergic to aspirin. Some people will even react to basic things like certain fruits or grains. But generally, most of us do just fine with things.
I have to agree with Tom. When I woke up, there was no headache or whatever usually comes with sedation. All I wanted was food! :-)
I have had Versed and not had a problem with it. I tend not to like being sedated, but personally would not consider a procedure like this without anesthesia if I were extremely anxious about it. My feeling is, let the experts do their thing and let them worry about what works best. You don't need to do your work (getting it done and getting well) and theirs too. Hope some of this is helpful. Good luck. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
thanks so much for the replies, I have a hard time of letting go and letting other people take care of me but I guess I am going to have to this time lol. I think I am more or less scared of the unknown.
hey everyone, so I had my last registration call this morning, pretty stoked. I asked her if they were doing the ablation the normal way or with stereotaxis and she said they are doing it with a Carto system, which is pretty much the same as stereotaxis its just a different company. it uses magnets to maneuver the catheters. less radiation, and a lot safer. also found out the dr who is doing it is one of the best in the hospital/area. and out of 14 years hes only had to put in 2 pacemakes during the procedure and one of them was on purpose because they had no other option. so i am at ease a little bit. still nervous about the versed. which is what they will be using.
What's your ablation date? I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. I think the worst is waiting to go, just like to the dentist. You will not know what's going on if you're sedated, so all you have to do is get youself there and let them do their work. I would ask for something ahead of time so that you are not anxious waiting for the procedure. I forget, is this for afib, svt or what? I am considering ablation, so I will be waiting to hear your report on the procedure. Sending good thoughts your way . . .
Thanks so much, my ablation date is set for this Monday the 13th. And its for svt. As soon as I'm home I'll post on how it went. And the Dr. Kinda picked me. Iv o lay seen him once but I had a good feeling and hes like I can fix you. Do you want the ablation and I said sure and that was the end of it lol
With the older forms of sedation, I could feel my consciousness being pulled away from me. I had a period which seemed like eternity where my hearing became extra sensitive and I could hear the OR staff talking what seemed like yelling to me. Versed gives you a moment of "S###! I had too much to drink...." Then you're awake again, and it's over. Trust me, you'll like it.
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