Many mentions about "did not wake up after surgery"

on 3/28/12 9:26 pm - Brookfield, IL
VSG on 04/16/12
Hi all,

Over the past few months I have seen it mentioned matter-a-factly that some did not wake up after surgery. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Obviously these folks are alive and well, but I would like more in-depth info reegrding this. How did this effect your stay in the hospital? I am gearing up for my surgery 04/16 and appreciate any insight you can give me. Is this considered ok/normal? Thanks so much Sharon




on 3/28/12 9:44 pm - CA
I didn't have this experience myself but thought I would give my 2 cents for what it's worth =) I think what they are meaning is that they had a rough recovery from anesthesia. Not everyone responds the same to the anesthetic. A lot of factors come into play. Even the healthiest person can have complications from anesthesia.  Of course we need to do our part to make the best recovery possible. This is one reason why it is best to lose a little weight before surgery. It helps with our blood pressure along with many other factors. Start exercising to become more cardiovascular in shape for the procedure and it also helps with the healing process. I would think if you have difficulty recovering from surgery it would increase the amount of time your in the hospital. They want to make sure your vitals are good and your able to take in fluids and hold them down.
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Vivian Prouty
on 3/28/12 10:13 pm - Fort Worth, TX
 Phatchick.....I have 2 friends who had VSG surgery this week and both of them took quite some time waking up from surgery.     That is something that is NOT uncommon at all.    Sometimes it could be caused by maybe lack of sleep before the surgery due to stress or other things.     I truly wouldn't worry much about it.    The less things that you worry about now the better off you will be.    Why worry about something that may NEVER happen to you.    Right now you need to be calm and if anything be excited and have anticipation of your NEW lifelong journey that awaits you.    Have a wonderful and blessed day !!!

Hugs and blessings ~~~ Vivian

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on 3/28/12 10:16 pm - Canada
VSG on 03/20/12
 Anesthesia is hard on the system.... For some people, harder than others.  Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia, and they are prepared for that.   It IS surgery and with surgery there are risks. But more likely to be hit by lightening than actually "not waking up".  We all weigh the risks and benefits ....  And I wouldnt change my decision and it's only been 8 days!


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on 3/28/12 10:40 pm - ME
I don't know if my experience has anything to do with this topic, but it may.  My surgery didn't happen the 1st time I tried - I woke up in recovery without having had the surgery.   This was due to too high of a dose of beta blocker - I'd lost weight and the dosage should have been adjusted.  Anyway, before the procedure, I was given a number of pills - antiacids, antibiotic, anti-nausea and a pain med.  Then I got "happy juice" as the anesthesiologist called it, IV.  Because my heart rate went so low, they also gave me IV meds to bring me out of anesthesia quickly.  It took me awhile to really come to and I was still loopy the next day.  When I actually had the surgery 3 weeks later, I declined the "happy juice" as I figured they'd be putting me out in a few minutes anyway.  It was easier to transfer in the OR, but I also woke up more easily and was walking around within less than an hour after leaving recovery.  Just my experience.  You'll do fine, I'm sure!

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on 3/28/12 10:42 pm - MO
VSG on 03/05/12
I'm very sensitive to anesthesia...always have been. I had another abdominal surgery when I was 24 where I was put completely under and my wisdom teeth and vsg...every single one of them I take extra time to wake up. It's just how I am. I think it is generally people who are very sensitive to medications or those with breathing struggles to begin with. Something about how they have to administer the CO2 in your system. My 2 year old girl just had her tonsils and adenoids out and she took a loooonnnggg time to wake up and breathe okay...the anesthesiologist said that it was a complication due to her severe apnea and her "normal" concentration of CO2 in her system.

All that said and done, we were just fine. No extended stays or anything for this. And really neither of us even noticed...we were still out of it. :-D

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on 3/28/12 11:24 pm - Chula Vista, CA
VSG on 02/06/12
As others are telling you, anesthesia is very hard on the body, on some more than others. If you've never had surgery before, you won't really know until you're there. My VSG was the first surgery I ever had . I did wake up right after surgery, in the recovery room, but I felt soo groggy and "out of it" that my only solace was just sleep through it.

I slept for most of that first day (surgery day). It didnt bother me much, I wasnt nauseous or anything else, just felt sooo tired and sleepy. My family was there chatting all around me, I had some visitors and was never aware that they were there. Like I said, lol, "out of it".

Good luck with your surgery. All in all, this experience was a cakewalk for me and I would do it all over again if I had to!
on 3/28/12 11:43 pm - TX
 They keep you in recovery a little longer. That's the only affect on your hospital stay. 
Tonja B.
on 3/28/12 11:48 pm - TX
I am one of those who has a hard time waking up after surgery.  I had my sugery at 11:00 in the morning and it took me until 1:00 the next morning to be awake enough to walk around.  My friend had surgery just before me that morning and she was up and walking by mid afternoon.  She came by to see me several times and I had no clue she was there.  Some people just react differently than others.  I can say now while the recover was a little rough on me it was the BEST decision I have ever made!!  Good luck!
on 3/29/12 12:39 am
Smoking has a lot to do with it too. My friend had esophogeaul surgery and was told to stop smoking 4 weeks prior to surgery. She did not and as a result was in a coma essentially for 3 days. They have a window of how long you should be under which takes into account weight and oxygen saturation. Smoking starves your blood because of the carbon monoxide.