• Anesthesia

    Asked by cllinda on Saturday, February 1, 2020


    In my last three surgeries, I have woken up in my hospital room, not remembering the recovery room at all. Has this happened to anyone else?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Dawsonsmom's Avatar

      I had oopherectomy in March and remember recovery room but had no memory of recovery after BMX. The oopherectomy was a much shorter surgery and no real “pain” post surgery. BMX a very different story.

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      It might have to do with when they give you pain medication. After my biggie APR surgery, I remember being in the recovery room and them "waking me up" - calling my name and asking me if I wanted anything to drink. Then they asked if I wanted something for pain, and they gave me a Norco by mouth. But if they gave your pain medication via IV, you might not remember the recovery room even if you talked to them.

      over 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      Normal side effect of the sedating drugs they use. They temporarily "disconnect" your short-term memory. It's just as well, as we tend to say things that are nonsensical and/or embarrassing during that recovery process. If you can remember where the information sheet is, it will be listed on there as a common side effect.

      over 1 year ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Yep, this time again that happened.

      over 1 year ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      One of my procedures I remember coming around in recovery and everyone was laughing. I was, ike, "what's so funny"? Apparently I had been having an adventure with The Lone Ranger and has been quite vociferous about it. I had no memory of it at all.

      over 1 year ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Versed is what they gave you. It helps you not remember. :)

      over 1 year ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      I've had varying experiences when coming out of anesthesia. Once, I remembered waking up on the gurney going back to my room asking the nurse who was wheeling me what was going on? Another surgery had me waking up with an oxygen mask on, and I started calling out "Hi!" until a nurse came to me. When she gently made her presence known, I asked her if I had the surgery already. She told me it was all over and I did just fine as she was removing the mask. Then I dimly heard her chastising a man, telling him to keep his mask on. Then somebody wheeled me to my room not too long afterward. Other surgeries had me waking up probably in my room with my mother right there waiting for me. I think it varies depending on the anesthesia used and the attendant pain killers they used right after surgery. HTH HUGS and God bless.

      over 1 year ago
    • 2943's Avatar

      In the 5 surgeries, I do not remember recovery. In one instance that was suppose to be in and out, I did not wake up for 26 hours and even then lost quite a bit of next two weeks. Needless to say, we use that one on what not to give me.

      over 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      First time I was under general anesthesia, I woke up in recovery with a nurse yelling at me to breathe. I guess my oxygen saturation levels plummeted. When I could sort of focus my eyes on the beeping machine, the sat level was below 80%. Yeah, not good. But I do remember it... The next two surgeries both used apnea protocol, and I was fine. And I remember waking up in the recovery room both times.

      over 1 year ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I usually remember waking up but feel so miserable that in almost wish I didn't remember the recovery room..
      On my last surgery I was sent to icu to recover after brain surgery and it was pretty miserable, even with a PCA drip machine.
      I spent an lot of time working hard to try to push heavy feeling anesthesia out of my lungs while every alarm went off trying to tell me I wasn't breathing enough.I'd rather not remember that, but I do. So sometimes it's important to be awake imo, but not sideways to be aware of 100% of what we had tio go through.

      over 1 year ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      I think a lot depends on your Dr. & the type of surgery. I have anxiety & fibromyalgia so my Drs knock me out before I even get to the operating room. I don't worry about where or when I'll wake up, but that I will.

      over 1 year ago

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