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Irina
08-29-2012, 01:36 PM
Several people mentioned that they had a central line put in before the surgery. What is central line? Is everybody getting it or it's dependant on a surgeon, specific case etc? Thanks!

titaniumed
08-29-2012, 02:23 PM
Irina

Here you go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_venous_catheter

Ed

susancook
08-29-2012, 07:28 PM
I am sure that most everyone has a central line these days. It assures that the MD can access your blood system and also measure your central pressure. Contral lines do not need changing as often as lines that are more distal...like in your arm. The line is also big enough to get blood in and many IVs in your arm are not.
Susan

LindaRacine
08-29-2012, 10:34 PM
Everyone having major surgery gets a central line.

titaniumed
08-29-2012, 11:01 PM
They put mine in after I was out. After I woke up, I had about a dozen tubes and drains. Its not as bad as getting hit with silly string at Halloween, but you get the idea. (smiley face)

They donít hurt at all, what happens is you get tangled up when you roll over....and for some reason the drains always end up under your back. Its like laying on a pot. I couldnít get comfortable and cursed the bed to no end.

I was NPO with an NG tube. No food by mouth and the NG tube makes your throat extremely sore. This was probably used due to my anterior, in which ileus is just about inevitable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nil_per_os

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NG-tube

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileus

Ed