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Can you be under anesthesia and mentally be aware of what is going on in a major surgery?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Reported.

There have been case reports of anesthesia awareness, but these seem to be related to less than optimal anesthesia.
Appropriate anesthesia should produce analgesia and amnesia.

In brief: Reported.

There have been case reports of anesthesia awareness, but these seem to be related to less than optimal anesthesia.
Appropriate anesthesia should produce analgesia and amnesia.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. David Earle
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: It is possible

But it is very rare.
If this happened to you, it is very important to discuss it with your surgeon and anesthesiology team.

In brief: It is possible

But it is very rare.
If this happened to you, it is very important to discuss it with your surgeon and anesthesiology team.
Dr. David Earle
Dr. David Earle
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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Unfortunately yes

But only if the general anesthetic is not performed correctly.
This happens very rarely and happens when the anesthesia provider is not paying attention. Which is why it is important to have one's anesthesia administered at a reputable center with board certified anesthesiologists.

In brief: Unfortunately yes

But only if the general anesthetic is not performed correctly.
This happens very rarely and happens when the anesthesia provider is not paying attention. Which is why it is important to have one's anesthesia administered at a reputable center with board certified anesthesiologists.
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Under general anesthesia, with few exceptions, there should be no awareness.
If you receive a regional technique with sedation or a twilight anestetic, you may have awareness. Discuss this with your doctor.

In brief: No

Under general anesthesia, with few exceptions, there should be no awareness.
If you receive a regional technique with sedation or a twilight anestetic, you may have awareness. Discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Normally No

This is only possible if the anesthesiologist does not give you enough anesthetic, it is possible but extremely unlikely.

In brief: Normally No

This is only possible if the anesthesiologist does not give you enough anesthetic, it is possible but extremely unlikely.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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