A psychiatric survey has shown that approximately 30% of surgery patients have more anxiety over the anesthesia than they have over the surgery itself. Most of this is due to fear of the unknown. Many patients are concerned that they will not wake up again or that they will experience life-altering symptoms, such as paralysis, following the surgery. For the most part, this fear is completely ungrounded since studies have shown that between 0.01 and 0.016% of patients have fatal complications due to anesthesia, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. In these cases, the complications are due mainly to preexisting conditions, such as advanced age, obesity or chronic illnesses.
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Once the surgeon is ready, the anesthesiologist will use several medications to help put the patient to sleep and to make him or her comfortable. These medications will be given through the IV and will produce unconsciousness, immobility and pain control. Most patients report that they have no memories of the surgery itself, and they feel that the surgery went by very quickly. Next thing they know, they wake up in the recovery area. Recovery time generally produces feelings of grogginess, and some patient report saying or doing things that are out of the ordinary for them.