Luckily for everybody who lives in the 21st century, the days when a bottle of whiskey was considered a legitimate anesthetic during painful procedures, are long gone. Today, there is a wide array of local and general anesthetics that can be applied if you are to undergo some of these horribly painful procedures. At times, some of them are necessary, so here is a list of the worst ones.
This procedure is also called lumbar puncture. It means that a doctor inserts a hollow needle into the lumbar part of your spine and into the subarachnoid space in the spinal column. Once there, the doctor extracts the cerebral fluid. This procedure can be done diagnostically or as a part of therapy. The therapy involves injecting medicine directly into the fluid, rather than extracting it for analysis.
It is said that this procedure is the only one that comes close to childbirth in terms of pain. Abdominal Hysterectomy is a procedure of uterus removal. It can be total or partial. Abdominal hysterectomy is done by making an incision on your abdomen through which the uterus is removed. In some cases, cervix and ovaries are removed, as well. It is usually performed when it comes to aggressive, malignant changes to stop them from spreading. There is also the laparoscopic hysterectomy which is not nearly as painful. Discomfort after the abdominal one can last for weeks.
Bone Marrow Biopsy or Donation
This procedure is similar to the lumbar puncture. It is also performed with a hollow needle in order to extract the bone marrow fluid of a donor. It is usually taken from the top part of the back of a hip bone. The entire procedure lasts for about 30 minutes and there are a lot of anesthetics available to numb the sharp pain. Bone marrow can be used to diagnose certain types of cancer or leukemia, but this procedure is also used to donate bone marrow to people who are in dire need.
During this procedure a hollow stainless steel tube is inserted in your body through a small incision. Once it reaches the deep fat layer, the fat gets sucked out of the body. The doctor will make several incisions in order to target certain places that contain more fat. The recovering period involves bruising, pain and swelling. Also, wearing compression bandages is required for a while until the swelling reduces and the body adapts to the new shape. While most people undergo this surgery for the esthetic reasons, there are some medical conditions that are treated by liposuction.
While getting a tattoo is performed without anesthetics, tattoo removal needs to be done under local anesthesia since the procedure is far more painful. The entire process of getting rid of the tattoo is done with lasers. Since the pigment inserted by tattooing is too big for the skin to throw it out through its normal healing process, it is important to break it down into smaller pieces. That is just what the laser does. It heats the ink under the skin until it breaks down. With proper anesthetic, you can have a painless tattoo removal process.
All these procedures would be close to unbearable if there wasn’t the modern miracle of local and general anesthesia. Either way, some of these procedures are needed to save your or somebody else’s life. Others are just elective and they are about your body image. Therefore, it is up to you whether the pain and the recovery period are worth the benefits that you get from such procedures.