Waking up in surgery: no urban myth

A UK survey suggests hundreds and possibly thousands of surgery patients remain conscious during operations every year.

One of the most feared complications of anaesthesia, accidental awareness causes distress and can have potentially devastating pscyhological consequences, the Oxford University study investigators say.

Their research looked at over 3 million general anaesthesias in UK public hospitals and 300 new reports of awareness during surgery. When asked, around one in 600 patients