I had my general anaesthetic biopsy yesterday and, though I have not yet received the results, thought it would be useful to comment so that those concerned about about undergoing such a procedure can get a feel for what happens. I had a local anaesthetic biopsy on 04/06 and although that was fine, no real pain etc, I found that the one I have just had was the best by far (no pain whatsoever, hardly any bleeding and no discomfort the next day)
Turning up at Addenbrookes at 11 am I was, after checking in, put in a cubicle, which was furnished with a bed, a chair and a table. My surgery was scheduled for 14.35 ( I was number 5 on the list) and while I was waiting for my surgery I was regularly visited by a couple of on-duty nurses; by the surgeon and by the anaesthetist. I was fully appraised of what would take place and was finally collected for the surgery at 15.05. Taken into the operating theatre, I was surprised to find around 8 people hovering around (there were only 3 present when I had my local biopsy back in June) and confirmed that they would all be involved in one way or another in my surgery. After laying down on the operating room table, the anaesthetist and her assistant came over, introduced themselves and told me again what they were going to do. After putting the cannula in a vein in my left hand and attaching the tubing to it, I was told that I would first be given a dose of a powerful pain relief drug, followed by the general anaesthetic drug. I knew that the pain relief drug had been administered because the back of my neck went cold, but was not aware of anything else happening.
When I came too about 1 hour 15 mins after being wheeled in for the biopsy procedure, I found myself in a pre-recovery ward with a nurse by the side of my bed. She was monitoring a screen showing my vital signals ( Blood pressure, pulse rate, body temperature etc) and after about 15 minutes of me waking up, I was then wheeled into a small ward containing room for 4 beds. I was given a sandwich, water and cups of tea and was told that I could not leave until, firstly, I had had at least 2 pees and ,secondly, until my bladder had less than 150 ml of liquid in it. It was difficult to pee at first, but I eventually managed to do so, but it was not until a number of pees & a number of hours later that the bladder scan showed my bladder content had reduced to 97 ml of liquid. So, it was not until 21.50, nearly 11 hours after turning up , that I was allowed to go home.