Anesthesia Awareness

It is a natural fear for any patient undergoing surgery to wake up during the procedure. It is a horrifying reality that this actually happens. One of the outcomes of an anesthesia mistake is called “anesthesia awareness,” a condition where New York patients are fully awake, but unable to move or let their surgeon know they are experiencing pain and trauma. The anxiety and psychological damage resulting from anesthesia awareness is often severe.

How It Happens

Anesthesia awareness is generally the result of a mistake made by an anesthesiologist. These highly-trained medical professionals must regulate a patient’s consciousness throughout the entire procedure. Defective anesthesia, an insufficient dosage, or if the medication is not properly controlled, may lead to anesthesia awareness. As a result, the patient is left to hear the sounds and feel the pain of surgery, but lacks the ability to communicate his or her condition or control the situation.

Aside from the physical pain from the operation, a patient who has experienced anesthesia awareness may suffer from:

  • Severe emotional disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal tendencies

If you are a New York resident who has suffered from an anesthesia mistake, please complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will work to find you a New York medical malpractice lawyer, if you have a valid case