Doctor Oz did a segment on his television show about being Awake During Surgery or Anesthesia Awareness. Can you imagine going in for a surgery, expecting to be asleep, but being awake, hearing, and feeling everything – but you are paralyzed so you can’t let anyone know. 40,000 people each year wakeup during surgery. Anesthesia Awareness happens more often to women than to men. What happens is that the Anesthesiologist gives you Anesthesia and medicine to paralyze you, so you end up paralyzed but actually awake. Doctors do not know what causes Anesthesia Awareness, but it can be a lifetime of suffering if you are Awake During Surgery. Dr. Panchali Dhar, author of Before the Scalpel: What Everyone Should Know About Anesthesia (a MUST read for anyone having surgery), joined Dr Oz to talk about being Awake During Surgery.
Awake During Surgery – High Risk Category
The first guest on Dr. Oz’s show had her Anesthesia wear off in the middle of her surgery, but was completely paralyzed. She tried to get her doctor’s attention, but she could not move or make a noise. When the Anesthesia finally wore off, she flew off the table and was screaming, so the doctors had to jump on top of her and yelled to put her back under. Dr. Panchali Dhar said that she fell under the high risk category, because her Anesthesiologist kept her dose lower to keep her stable. Doctor Oz’s guest remembers this nightmare every day and has trouble falling asleep.
Causes for Anaesthetic Awareness
1. Machines May Malfunction