How does anesthesia work? – Steven Zheng

When under anesthesia, you can’t move, form memories, or — hopefully — feel pain. And while it might just seem like you are asleep for that time, you actually …


  1. I’m 12 and I had surgery about 4 days ago. They injected it into me by the Iv that was already in my hand. As they were wheeling me into the room I said to my self “they will need a lot more to put me down” and then my last memory was me falling alseep as they were wheeling me into the room. Haha fun experience

  2. I went into surgery expecting to be told to count backwards, instead I started to feel weird because they had given the medicine and they hadn’t told me to count so I panicked a bit because I need routine and this was not, but then I panicked that they would know I was panicking and see me breathing weird and think I was weird so I held my breath to try to not show I was panicking and just before I was out all I remember was somebody yelling at me to breath

  3. I've had one surgery, a field surgery. We didn't have time for Anesthetics, my neck is covered in scars now from when it happened. My surgeon was amazing though, didn't use force or have me held down or tied down.

  4. I just googled something out of curiosity, and apparently something called "anesthesia awareness" exists; where patients under anesthesia may regain some levels of consciousness. It could be dreamy visions, or straight up being completely aware of your surroundings, but only immobile. Some people might even experience the pain, but are unable to communicate their distress. Fortunately, this is exceedingly rare.

  5. I woke up once in the middle of a surgery as a kid and the doctors had my head opened up and I had a tube down my throat desperately trying to gargle and scream that I can’t breathe yelling for help, then I got knocked out back to sleep. Most terrifying muck up I’ve ever had…

  6. Had surgery 2 days ago and going under was such a fun feeling.
    They gave me the “laughing gas” first and it feels like you float into this bright light and…..DARKNESS.
    Then you’re up.
    Best sleep you’ll have in a while LOL

  7. When I had to get surgery on my shattered arm they gave me a small cup of liquid that I drank and after I drank it I was out in 3-5 minutes. Any idea what they gave me? It would be nice to know.

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