I understand that the anesthesiologist controls the anesthesia. What I meant was, did the surgeon even acknowledge that it happened after the fact.
Both the anesthesiologists came to my room and discussed it with me. They said I was crying out in pain, trying to pull on things, and trying to get up off the table. I didn't recall all that, but I did recall seeing the overhead lights and hearing/feeling the surgeon pounding the acetabulum hardware (hip replacement) into place, and feeling excruciating pain. They must have quickly loaded me up with Versed or something.
When I saw the surgeon, in the hospital, and at my follow up appt, he never brought it up until after I asked him about it, then he downplayed it alltogether. He told me simply that it's not unusual for pts to wake up confused, and that he hoped I understood that they weren't trying to hurt me, they were trying to keep me from hurting myself, explaining the reason for the restraints, I suppose. And, the fact, that he didn't document anything in his surgical notes about it.
Someone else mentioned that they may have woke me up intentionally. I don't believe that was the case in my situation. It wasn't the type of surgery that involved anything neuro or reflex related. It was a total hip replacement.
To any of you CRNA's out there: Is it, or is it not, standard to administer a paralyzant to pts receiving general anesthesia? I always thought it was standard procedure during a general. Either they didn't use it on me, or it wore off, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to do the things they told me I did. I'm not seeking advice for medical or legal purposes, I'm just curious.
I'm really surprised to hear about so many others that have also had such an experience! Thankfully, my situation wasn't like many have mentioned, about being awake, but paralysed, and unable to communicate what you were going through. That had to have been absolutely horrifying for you. I can only imagine. I'm sorry to hear so many ppl have gone through a situation similiar to mine. It's obviously more common of an occurence then I thought it was.