Sally, I hope you have had some good news since your last post. The best way to get some answers is to phone your sisters Consultant's secretary and insist on a call back from him with explanations of what is going on, the likely cause and what they are doing to help resolve the problems. Hope to hear good news from you soon.
I was in surgery for 11 hours. I heard my urologist stayed in ICU with me for 6 hours post-op. I assume I awoke and he left. I know I was with the night ICU nurse for a few hours, so it sounds like it took me about 6 hours to come out of it. At least I think I came out of it (Ha Ha)
BC diagnosed 01/2007
Cystoscopes and Miomyacin in 2007
R/C ilial conduit 04/27/2008
How old is your sister? ANY PHYSICAL PROBLEMS TO SPEAK OF OTHER THAN THE BLADDER CANCER.??? My husband was awake in recovery, so that would be right after surgery, this is strange, I would get to the bottom of it , find out whats going on, she needs someone to moderate the situation, is her husband there?? Ginger
Hospital Cleveland Clinic r/c Sept.14,2007
Surgeon. Dr Stephen Campbell and Gill
Gene Beane..66 Ford Motor Company
Engineer, retired Vietnam Vet
Wow...any other physical signs...reddness or bloating of the face? Have they checked for infection..i'm sure they have if they are doing routine blood work..if its an allergy to the anethesia drugs they should know that right away.......
While this is very rare, there are several problems that could prevent a patient from waking up after a general anesthetic. Many of these are not directly related to the anesthesia itself. A comatose patient could have a serious metabolic problem, such as an electrolyte disorder, liver or kidney failure. Respiratory (lung) failure is another potential cause. A lack of oxygen to the body can cause permanent brain injury and coma. There may be a problem with inadequate blood flow to the brain, a blood clot or bleeding into the brain (stroke). In a few patients, for a variety of reasons, there may be slowed elimination of drugs from the body, and therefore delayed recovery from anesthesia. In time these patients will usually wake up fully, unlike the person who has had a permanent injury to the brain.
Please don't let this scare you...just make sure someone is covering all the bases with the doctors. Your sister definately needs an advocate right now to ask all the hard questions. So sorry........Pat
One possibility I personally went thru when I could not wake up for 36 hours after surgery was internal bleeding. The nurses kept taking finger pokes for blood counts - and finally another dr came on and did surgery and had me get 4 units of blood. Just a possibility. Wish you all the best, God Bless, Holly
where are you in the UK? Im in bristol. ive had a cystectomy too and came round quite soon after the op. I had an overnight stay in the ICU but was back on the ward in 24 hours. it sounds like your sister has had a reaction to something although there's not a lot to go on in what you say. How old is your sis and what were the circumstances leading to the op? I hope she/you are ok. I'd get onto the hospital and try and get something more specific from them. I think it's really important that you try and find out as soon as possible exactly what they think is going on. If you don't understand what they tell you, get them to explain and please post any further questions here.