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Have you or anyone you know ever had surgery in the jackknife position?

Asked by Mariah (18401 points ) February 16th, 2012

Jackknife position looks like this and I underwent a minor surgery yesterday in that position.

Today I am extremely sore all over. I am wondering if it is common for a patient to be very sore after being in this position for an hour?

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wilma's avatar

I may have @Mariah . I did have surgery on my lower spine, but was never told about the positioning during the surgery. I just know that I was put under anesthetic while I was lying on my back, and I woke up also lying on my back. I was obviously turned over to have the surgery done, but I don’t know any more than that.
I do not remember there being any extreme discomfort after the surgery, in fact the relief from pain that I felt when I awoke from the anesthetic, was thrilling.
Are your bruised all over? I did have a lot of bruising from an ankle surgery and I think that was from being pushed around and repositioned.

cazzie's avatar

Ouch…. I have not had surgery like that, but I wish you a swift recovery.

Mariah's avatar

@wilma I’m not bruised, the pain is more in my muscles. Feels like I worked out really really hard. Legs, arms, back, and neck. I gotta imagine my body didn’t like lying like that for an hour, so I’m hoping that’s why I feel this way. I’m just wary about unexplained all-over pain because of this fun experience three years ago. What I’m feeling right now isn’t anywhere near that bad, but I’ll definitely go to the ER if it’s worse tomorrow. Probably it’s just from the surgical position and I’m being paranoid. Better safe than sorry though.

Thanks, @cazzie, dear!

gasman's avatar

There’s another possible explanation for diffuse postoperative myalgias: succinylcholine is a drug the anesthesiologist might have used for endotracheal intubation, which is usually required for surgery like this. A common side-effect of succinylcholine is muscle pain, potentially affecting any skeletal muscle anywhere in the body—because it’s a drug effect rather than mechanical in nature. With certain precautions, however, this side-effect can usually be avoided. I happen to know this. Don’t ask how I know, I just know…

Of course I’m guessing. You’ll never know without seeing records & even then might not be clear. I’d just ask the anesthesiologist (contact through surgeon or surgical facility). In any case I think you treat it as you would for any sore muscles. @Mariah, Get well soon!

saint's avatar

It’s not the position. It is the physical insult of the surgery. The organism that is you does not know if you had controlled surgery or if you were torn up by a predator.

john65pennington's avatar

Rachael, yes two times. One was for my first lower back surgery in 1972 and the other was for surgery on my sinuses. The back surgery is understandable, but the sinus surgery was unique. This doctor only worked on sinues from either the left or right side and I had to drain downward to the floor, while the surgery was in-progress. I saw films of my sinus surgery and it was necessary, at that time.

If you will stop to consider, your body was placed in a strange position and your muscles are paying for it now. Its the same as an auto accident. Give it two days to feel better.

So, you are not alone, my friend.

Mariah's avatar

Thanks all. I’m feeling considerably better today, so I’m not too worried anymore.

wilma's avatar

Great news @Mariah !

john65pennington's avatar

Glad today you are better. jp

Mariah's avatar

Update: I’m not sore at all anymore, and based on this article I think @gasman hit the nail on the head. At my follow up appointment next week I’m going to ask my doctor if succinylcholine was used on me. Thanks all!

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