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woke up during surgery

terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Chronic Pain
I love reading all of the horror stories on this site and it is like a car wreck you have to keep looking even when you want to turn your head away. i can relate and so can most people in chronic pain. well i was reading a post about disographies and the pain it caused. well to be self serving, i can up the pain level up about a thousand fold. i hope you enjoy.
i had what was once called a lasar discography. they used to use a lasar to cut your disc so one does not have to have a fusion. my pain dr felt i was an excellent candidate. well to make a story short. i laid on the gurney for about 3 hours because someone forgot the lasar. when they found it, they had to calibrate it which took some more time. well 4 hours later, they put me out and i was counting sheep when all of a sudden i felt a buring sensation that felt like a torch in my back. well the anathesia dr was smoking a cigarette or something and did not monitor me. i woke up in the middle of the surgery when they were cutting my disc with a lasar. i heard the dr say well no big deal because we are almost done. the dr told me i was screaming during surgery but said it was a good thing that i could not remember screaming. i told him very politely that sorry i was awake and heard everything and what was worse, i felt every;ting. he did not say a thing, he left and i went home. reminds me of th etime i was on a plane landing and they hit the runway very hard and broke the plane. as we walked out a passenger told the pilot on the way out, nice landing. the pilot just looked down and did not say a thing
anyone have a similar incident?
well ouch i am awake
take care
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Triple OUCH!!!
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • OUCH!!!!!!!

    Sadly yep, but not back or injury surgery. When I had my C-section I woke up as they were cutting me open and stayed awake. They had my eyes taped ( or something held them shut ) and my arms tied down. I could not let them know I was awake.

    The next day I told my Dr and he said "that is not uncommon, what is uncommon is you remember it". :jawdrop:

    My response was "who forgets being cut open". He said there is something in the sleeping meds to give patients amnesia in case this happens..
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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  • This is just too much. I can't take it. On my second surgery, I thought it was bad enough that I was awake while taken in the surgery room before I was put to sleep and had to see all the equipment, etc., but all this...well, just know that if I can't sleep tonight, when I'm absolutely exhausted, it's your fault.

    And you better be in chat at 2am if I can't sleep, since it's your fault.

    Oh, ack. Oh, oh, ack.

  • I have to say I have woken up during a shoulder surgery. Someone had asked "what time is it". I said it is 11 o'clock. The surgeon said who said that and I said I did. He was still confused whom was speaking so i clarified the answer once again. He was not happy but it was really no big deal sense they had blocked out my arm anyway. Should have kept my mouth shut I would have rather been awake.

    Cath, that should help you sleep now it is a easy one.
  • i hate to put another one on you guys
    i was having a tumor removed from my armpit and i remember i was on the operating table and i could not breathe. they were putting tube down my throat and i tried to talk scream anything to let them know is was still aware. hard thing was i couldn't breathe and i thought i was going to suffocate but finally i went out but this has stayed for me for 25 years. the other one with the microdiscemoty was about 10 years ago. every time i go under i think will i be awake again. another one was 1 yr ago i had to have surgery and a famous tv personality in north calif died of a heart attack the day before my surgery in the same hospital,famous one in north ca,at least the drs and nurses were very careful with EVERYTHING but was i paranoid. he had to go to emergency the day before his surgery and get meds to calm down because he was afraid he was going to die and not wake up.HE DID DIE AND NOT WAKE UP. that was why i was paranoid. hope i helped all of you out there waiting for surgery. cathie hope you are not having surgery any time soon
    good night and get a good night sleep
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • Interesting, when I had my c-section I was awake and aware the whole time. From beginning to end. Got to listen to the docs make small talk while stitching me back up. It was strange.
  • I was awake during both of my C-sections.
    During the last one, I had some feeling coming back when they were tying/burning my tubes. I told the doc that it felt like something was burning, and the next thing I knew, I was waking up in recovery. I guess they must have knocked me out when I said that.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Seeings how Cath enjoys this so much. And Jon talking about a celeb dying.
    When I got my first fusion, multi levle 360, anterior-Posterior.
    I had the anterior surgery and all went well. And my surgeon wanted to wait 3 days befor he did the posterior. So during those 3 days they had me on HEAVY morphine.
    Well durring the second surgery for the posterior. The anastesiologist or an assisting nurse screwed up and gave me enough drugs to make me flatline.
    I can remember being above the surgery theater in a white clowd. I was hearing warning bells, buzzers, and everyone screaming, and running around and my body on the surgery table. Up there in this whiite cloud, I was trying to tell them, it's OK leave me be. I've never been so peacefull in my life! It didn't seem to last that long.
    They did something to nutralise the drugs and got me back. I was awake just long enough to be mad that they brought me back. And it felt like a lion took a huge bite out of my lower mid section. And I don't remember anything else until I woke up. And I told my wife what happenend. She asked a nurse what went on. And the nurse at first just said that I realy had a rough nite, last night. My wife pressed the nurse to explain. And the nurse slipped up and said there was a mix up in the drugs while I was in surgery. And they had to clean my system out and neutralise it. And then start over again. Then the nurse panikced and said to my wife, I'm not supposed to say anything. Please forget what I said.
    Later I asked the surgeon, what happened to me in surgery? He said, I have no idea what your taking about!
    Sleep tight, Jim :D
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • Yes, I awoke during hand surgery once, and like Tam, it was ok cause the area is frozen as well, but it was really freaky, and at first I couldn't talk, and could feel as they were digging in my wrist, not painful, but very uncomfortable, finally I was able to speak and said, Hey I'm awake, doc just said that ok, almost finished, and I stayed awake as he finished, and sewed me up,,

    My brother said he awoke one time during a surgery too, and we never believed him as he was child, bet he did/
  • I woke up as the were grinding bone in my inner ear. The pain was awful and I was finally able to move my head so they knew I was awake. Last year I mentioned this to the anesthesiologist before my last surgery and he said that he had done a study and could not find any evidence of anyone waking during surgery. I guess he should come on this board and done some studying.

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