Dr Oz: Anesthesia Awareness
Speaking of medical mistakes, Dr Oz then moved on to share that up to one in 700 surgeries result in anesthetic awareness. Each year, as many as 40,000 people wake up in the middle of surgery. It’s called anesthesia awareness and it happens more often to women than men. To keep someone asleep during surgery, an anesthesiologist administers several medications, including a paralytic, leaving the patient unable to move. With anesthesia awareness, the brain wakes up, which means that although the person can’t move or speak, they can hear and sometimes feel everything. Doctors still don’t know exactly what causes anesthesia awareness, but it can forever change a patient’s life.