I am scheduled for my 3rd eye surgery after an eye injury. This surgery is to repair my iris with a prosthetic and to be performed by a completely different doctor and practice. My first two surgeries I was put under general anesthesia. They informed me for this 3rd surgery I would be under twilight or conscious sedation. They informed me that I would be able to talk with the doctor, but feel no pain. Well, like most folks that gives me some pose. I believe I have a more reasons than the average eye patient for this uncertainty of sedation. First, the drug Versed does not effect my memory. I have received this preoperatively for my last two surgeries. Both of my surgeries were delayed (one was delayed for 9 hours) and I can recall both preoperative procedures entirely, including who was in and out of my room, complete conversations, everything until they roll you into the surgery room. My first surgery they put me under with medication in the vein, and the last surgery with the mask.
Secondly, my second surgery was a complete fiasco, and many things went wrong. The office scheduled me for early morning surgery, but failed to scheduled the surgeon at the same time and not until the afternoon, then my chart was mixed up with another patient. During surgery I experienced a deep eye hemorrhage, and there was a surgical error in the procedure. Luckily, I came through with vision.
I have the upmost confidence in the surgeon that will be doing this next surgery, and I know too well the risks involved. But I don't want to be awake and aware during this next surgery. I don't trust that the Versed will disengage my brain at a level that I will not be able to think clearly. I have never had Versed be able to do this before. I don't want to be lying there wondering if my eye will hemorrhage again. I know what the result of this can be.
How do I approach my doctors and staff about my concerns? What would you be your advice in how I should be sedated?