Awake during facelift and I felt everything; is this acceptable?

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kane of Baltimore Answers Question Regarding Facelift

Q. I was awake during facelift and facial surgery. I told the doctor I was awake and he did not do anything. I felt every injection, slice of skin, and stitches. It was horrible. After the procedure, I told them of my ordeal. No person on the surgical team nor the doctors had any remorse, nor cared. They had hoped the Versed eliminated my memory but it did not. I am in agony over this, I have panic attacks and nightmares every night. Is this acceptable? I can not get past this without therapy. Please advise.

A. Sorry you had this experience! This would be most unusual with today’s medications and monitored anesthesia care!

There are so many issues and concerns that are not made available in your post. My recommendations is to:

  1. Request a copy of your records including your operative note and anesthesia record.
  2. Arrange a second opinion by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who performs cosmetic facial surgery routinely
  3. Arrange a consultation with a psychologist to review your concerns

Certainly, anesthesia affects each patient uniquely and I feel terrible for your experience. Beyond this, your description of the Dr. and surgical team are worrisome. Maybe your Primary Care Physician can be of help.

I hope this is helpful and I wish you well.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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