Make sure you have a good anesthesiologist and be sure to not to forget to mention all your medications..there isn't a machine out there yet that can replace a good Anesthesiologist.  BD

You're supposed to be unconscious from the anesthetic, but suddenly your brain wakes up, so you hear and feel everything. But your body remains "paralyzed" -- unable to cry out for help or stop the pain to come.When you have surgery, you assume you'll be unconscious and feel no pain. And that's usually the case. But 20,000 to 40,000 Americans each year aren't so lucky.

Waking up during surgery is just what happened to Jeannette Magdelene."As soon as he put the scalpel into my flesh," she said, "It was as though someone took a blow torch and stuck it in the right side of my stomach."

Joint Commission, the independent, nonprofit organization that accredits hospitals, calls it a "frightening phenomenon" that is "under recognized and under treated."The cause of the problem often boils down to basic medical errors: Anesthesiologists using the wrong drugs, or inadequate doses of the right drugs.

ABC News: Woman Wakes Up Mid-Surgery, Paralyzed and in Pain


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