good to hear from you!
if there is one thing doctors can do, its mend flesh. the anesthesia bothers me too. those fluoridated drugs are very dangerous. set them straight. you want to be awake and you dont want fluoridated drugs. it should not hurt to have regular valium once. i can hear the gasp! did trapper say that? well, yes. i have had my share of diazepam before and there is no better muscle relaxant around. you dont want to be fighting them while they are working. but nothing fancy - no fluoridated drugs or spinal taps. if the anesthesiologist is good with epidurals, that may be all you need. just make sure they understand you dont want to be put out. you will feel what they are doing, just not feel any pain associated with it.
in surgery, your life is in the hands of the anesthesiologist. his bill reflects that. find one you can work with. dont let them pull a switch on you at the last minute and try to bully you. doctors can be so elitist. YOURE the one getting cut on and paying the bill.