I was responding to another thread the other day and made mention of the fact that I woke up DURING my last surgery. I got to wondering if this had ever happened to anybody else, so I thought I'd ask.
It happened to me last year. I had a vague memory of waking up and seeing the overhead operating room lights, and being in excruciating pain. I thought I had imagined it, until two different anesthesioligists (teaching hospital) came up to my room, on separate occasions, and asked me if I had any memory of waking up during my surgery. I was shocked to find out that it actually did happen. :uhoh21:
I later requested a copy of both my hospital records and my surgeons records for my own file, and amazingly enough, it wasn't mentioned anywhere in my records. I wooooonder why...Hmmmmm? Of course, my surgeon downplayed the whole incident at my follow up appt.
Has anybody else ever had this experience before? If so, what do you remember, and did your surgeon own up to it?
Dec 2, '06
Quote from augigi
Sounds terrible, but what do you mean did the surgeon own up to it... it's the anaesthetist that is controlling your anaesthesia?
OMG!!! I hear ya! I actually had a nursing instructor last year mention something like this to us......she said people will always say stuff about hoping the surgeon is good , knows what their doing etc....and well ...what about the person putting you under..
..........funny because I never gave that a seconds thought either until she said that and now I always think of that whenever I hear someone talking about their surgery and how they hope the surgeon is good....lol!
So I gotta say I agree there with you augigi...lol! I mean they could kill you with those drugs......so could a surgeon kill you too but most likely they can fix something they messed up......you can't fix a brain once it's damaged......Good observation!!!!!!!!!
Maybe Gator simply intended to mean that the surgeon didn't mention the fact that she woke during surgery because he knew she did? But I know what you mean!
Last edit by KellieNurse06 on Dec 2, '06