Nervous About Surgery? Anesthesia Awareness Will Make It Worse

Welcome to the Halloween 2014 series from Great Lakes Radio

Marquette, MIOctober 6, 2014 – Happy Halloween! If you’re anything like me, ghosts and goblins, vampires and witches don’t frighten you very much. That’s okay, there’s plenty of stuff in the real world to be pants-wettingly terrified of.

Note: If you or a loved one is scheduled for surgery soon, or if you’re just plain squeamish, you may want to skip this article.

Anesthesia Awareness is a real thing that happens to real people. Just imagine: There you are, on the operating table, ready to be cut open like a fresh slab of pork… and the anesthesiologist didn’t give you enough to knock you out. Oh and they gave you plenty of muscle relaxants, so moving isn’t an option and that buzzing sound? That’s a bone saw.

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In 1998 Carol Weiher had her eye removed. She woke up during the surgery to the sounds of disco music and the conversation of doctors. Luckily(???) for Carol, she felt pressure, but not pain from the surgical instruments. The constant injections of paralytic drugs during the surgery were another matter entirely.

For the record, this woman was conscious while doctors plucked her eyeball from her head.

Is it common? No. Not really. A quick Google search will tell you that about .01% of patients who go under the knife experience awareness during surgery. That’s a pretty low number and you probably don’t have anything to worry about. Unless you’re a redhead, then you should probably let the anesthesiologist know.

So you can go into the operating room, confident in the knowledge that you’re safe on the table. You won’t be in the .01%. Probably.

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May the odds ever be in your favor.
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