According to Professor Pandit, an anesthesiologist at University Hospitals in Oxford, there is a third state of consciousness in which some patients take refuge when undergoing general anesthesia.
According to Pandit, the possibility of a third dimension of consciousness stems mainly the variability of the medical specialty. No one can be absolutely sure that the drugs provided had the expected effect.
It is very difficult to individualize the right medication and the precise amount for each patient, even after years and years of training and experience in the operating rooms.
Is it possible to wake up during general anesthesia?
Yes, it is possible to wake up during a surgical operation, although not completely. We are in this third state of consciousness that Professor Pandit describes in his studies. Clearly, we are not awake, we cannot move or communicate, but we are not completely insensitive to external impulses.
It has been called dysesthesia, it is a state in which the patient is neither conscious nor completely unconscious. It affects a small proportion of patients who enter an operating room and undergo general anesthesia.
Even so, it is a fact that concerns professionals. The patient is aware of the operation and everything that happens around him, but he cannot do anything about it.
But don't be alarmed, according to statistics, only one patient out of 15,000 says he remembers an episode related to the operation after he woke up. They are those patients who, after receiving anesthesia, never reach complete unconsciousness.
The third state of consciousness has been shown to exist
Dr. Padit is considered one of the best anesthesiologists in his country and has focused his research on the study of dysesthesia. This finding clearly demonstrates current methods of monitoring during the intervention.
Anesthesiologists control the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, the concentration of drugs in the blood, etc., but all this seems to be insufficient to ensure the patient's state of complete unconsciousness during the surgical intervention.
Certain symptoms of awakening, such as increased heart rate or blood pressure, should alert doctors, but these physiological signals can often be turned off by drugs administered during the operation.
The empirical demonstration
The prestigious anesthesiologist used an old technique that allows paralysis of the entire body, except for one of the forearms, to show that it is possible. A third of the patients, apparently unconscious during the intervention, moved their free arm fingers in response to direct orders.
“In fact, these patients are in a state of unconsciousness, they can still respond to some external stimuli, such as verbal orders” - said Dr. Pandit- “What is extraordinary is that the fingers move only if he orders them. No patient reacted to the surgical operation. They probably do not feel pain ”.