Thread: Anesthesia awareness
September 28th, 2007, 02:47 PM #1
After seeing something about this, I will never have surgery without insisting that brain activity monitoring and/or some other form of anesthesia scan testing is performing during the operation to ensure I am really "out".
Can you imagine the horror of feeling the cutting and other elements of a surgical procedure and being paralyzed so that you're unable to alert the surgeons?
More info from the ASA (pdf):
There is even a movie about it, Anesthesia but I don't think I'll rent it.
Mickwish, do you have any thoughts or info about this?
September 28th, 2007, 11:43 PM #2
I awoke to 2 different mild surgeries.
1. All 4 wisdom teeth were being removed. I woke up after the 2nd tooth was extracted. Gee, never thought the sound of the 3rd tooth being ripped from my jaw would make a crunching sound. Just before I passed out from the pain.
This one happened back in 1997.
2. Most recent. December of 2006. Angiogram - woke up during the procedure and asked if they were done yet. Felt the pressure and the pushing on that one. And the catheter was under the arm either. There are times that I can still feel the pressure. And I still have a slight knot there.
Heck, even my brown recluse spider bite that I just got over wasn't as painful. Just alot of swelling. Still have the scar.
September 28th, 2007, 11:44 PM #3
Awhile back, I had a conversation with an Anesthesiologist, who described his art as putting the body to "a near-death-like state".
He said that creating this state involved cancelling the neural pathways in such a way as to allow a human being to be cut up; a most unnatural thing, I'm sure you'll agree!
It follows that there will instances where there is a "mis-adventure"...where the Anesthesiologist, not wanting to overdo the drugs, may underestimate what's needed in that situation.
He's not a doktor, and the doktor isn't likely to share with the Anesthesiologist what's going on. Most doktors are overpaid idiots, anyway.
It's all about a bunch of guessing in a lab coat. You pays your money, you takes your chances.
My best advice is, don't get sick.
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September 28th, 2007, 11:52 PM #4
I've heard about this before. Horrifying experiences to be sure.
I've had all three wisdom teeth out (Only had three. Weird, no?). Just Novacaine each time. Actually went out and played tennis after the last one. Mine came out without a fight. My poor brother had impacted wisdom teeth. He looked like hell for a week after each one.
My Mom had double knee replacement surgery. Both knees at the same time. The night after surgery, a snafu with the hospital pharmacy forced her to go without pain meds. Bureaucracy sucks.You can't fix stupidity.
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