January 4, 2013

When Anesthesia Wears Off... During Surgery

Joshua Lang, The Atlantic

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Since its introduction in 1846, anesthesia has allowed for medical miracles. Limbs can be removed, tumors examined, organs replaced—and a patient will feel and remember nothing. Or so we choose to believe. In reality, tens of thousands of patients each year in the United States alone wake up at some point during surgery. Since their eyes are taped shut and their bodies are usually paralyzed, they cannot alert anyone to their condition.

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TAGGED: Medicine, Consciousness, Surgery, Anesthesia