I know this is an old thread, but this just happened to me yesterday. I was put under sedation (not general anesthesia) for a lipoma removal off my back. I was told that I would be put under sedation and the surgeon would use local anesthetics to stop me from feeling pain. I remember getting the sedation, feeling very sleepy and closing my eyes. The next thing I know I can feel a knife in my back cutting repetitively. For some reason I was unable to speak (I was not on any paralyzing agents, so I'm not sure why I couldn't talk) but tried to flinch and began to cry. The surgeon heard me crying and I heard him say "Is she crying?" The anesthesiologist then looked at me and asked if I was in pain. I was able to nod my head yes and then I guess they gave me more sedation because the next thing I knew I was waking up in the PACU. I woke up in a terrible panic and began crying again. It was very scary and I'm still feeling upset about it. The nurse in the PACU flagged down the anesthesiologist to talk to me. He acted insulted that I wanted to ask what happened. I told him what I experienced and his response was just, "Well we were only using light sedation, you were never completely out." I understand that it was just sedation, but it would have been nice to hear "I'm sorry you had that experience."
If I ever have surgery again I will make sure that Anesthesiologist comes nowhere near me!