Anaesthetics are great. I got an operation on my knee a couple of year back and it was basically an epidural(sp) I had. i.e a regional anaesthetic, big fuk off needle stuck in the base of my spine. So I was awake during the operation, watched the whole thing (although I had some pre-meds as well which made it all seem quite funny at the time.) I would recommend getting that done if going under completely freaks you out. Ask your doc about it.