This study aimed to explore the experiences of the patients that underwent orthopedic surgery under spinal anesthesia and to report their feelings and thoughts. The study was carried out using a qualitative approach. Twenty-one patients were interviewed that underwent orthopedic surgery on the first or second postoperative day. Content analysis was performed after the collection of raw data. NVIVO 12 Pro software was utilized for data analysis. The frequency count (f) and participant codes (P) were used for the presentation of the findings. The themes and frequency counts obtained by analyzing the interviews with the patients were as follows: “Time passed like watching a movie” (f = 213), “Like an adventure” (f = 587), and “See, feel, look” (f = 405). Five out of 21 participants (23.8%) stated that they would not recommend spinal anesthesia. The findings of the research generally indicated the anxiety caused by the unknown, fear in the pre-anesthetic period, operation experienced like an adventure, and a process generally completed with satisfaction. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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