Having never undergone any major surgery since I was little, wherein I had been hit by a motorcycle and thereby needed stitches, I was rather curious as to what life would be like post-being cut open. In my search, I found two rather interesting (and somewhat relevant) articles..
The first is a news article released about an hour ago. It details a man in Idaho who suffered 10 weeks of pain/stiffness because doctors had left a broken device in his knee during surgery. Though the event occurred in 2007 and the device was eventually found and removed in 2008, it made news today because a lawsuit was just filed by the patient, naming the two doctors responsible for the mistake (Buoncristiani and Pletcher), the Sawtooth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (where the two doctors practice), and St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center (where the surgery was initially performed).
Eep. This article makes you realize that something to think about before undergoing surgery is checking up on your surgeon. Getting recommendations might be the best way.... Just saying.
Anyways, the second article is much more interesting. It was a humorous, personal account of life after surgery. The author, Michael Gibbons (managing editor at Aiken Standard) recounts the haze and daze that follows surgery. I found it rather well written and gives you a pretty good idea of what it would be like to come out of surgery. I can only imagine that "drug-filled haze" would be the best way to describe it. Anyone else have any thoughts on what it would be like (mentally) to come out of surgery?