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how long after general anesthesia can I breastfeed

A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Mazzeo
27 years experience Anesthesiology
24 hours: Most anesthesiologists would recommend 24 hours although there is really no clear and concise data on that. You might want to ask that you are not giv ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Just few hrs: The medications used in general anesthesia are completely out of body in few hrs, but some times will have body pains for few days is due to the el ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Uncommon: Post-anesthesia diarrhea is not common. Talk to your doctor if you are having it.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Question unclear: I don't completely understand your question. Usual guidelines before general anesthesia: clear liquids up to 2 hours before, and light solid food (su ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Marquart
17 years experience General Surgery
Varies: In general a few hours. There are many factors that influence recovery from anesthesia, such as: type of anesthesia, age, genetics, medications you ar ... Read More
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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
2days: Most of the medications administered during anesthesia will be metabolised in 24 hrs, best way lactating mother is to inform the anesthesiologist , ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
4 hours at most: Most general anesthetic is eliminated through the lungs and little remains behind that might make it into breast milk. That said, the best resource I ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience Pain Management
Smoking: You will usually be told by your surgeon to stop smoking at least 2-3 weeks before any surgery. Smoking affects wound healing and incisions can break ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Return to hospital: We can't be absolutely certain that the symptoms you describe are due to the anesthesia and only an exam can begin to confirm that or find another cau ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Depends on situation: If surgery was extensive or prolonged, more meds are given during the course of general anesthesia and recovery will take longer. Conditions such as o ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
31 years experience General Surgery
Recovery: In general recovery after open abdominal procedure, like a caesarean section, is 6 weeks. Best to check in with your surgeon, who knows your case best ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Many mechanisms: Two most common is blowing off anesthetic gases from your lungs and second decrease in concentration of anesthetic, sedative and pain medications in y ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Soon after: This can occur almost immediately if you aren't experiencing nausea from the anesthetic or pain medications.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Manago
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Depends: Not sure recover means here but in general, there is nothing you can do to expedite the recovery from general anesthesia and the anesthetics used tod ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Mele
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
The : The time required for brachioplasty will vary depending on how much skin excess exists and the quality of the remaining skin. It can range from 1 to 3 ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Levin
40 years experience Psychiatry
Stop anyway: Despite legalization and differing opinions unless for a medical reason, and still i suggest caution, do not use pot. It is far from refined and contr ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Tattoo: Depends on type & location of surgery. Best to get ok from the surgeon first.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Berenholtz
17 years experience Anesthesiology
Post Op Recovery: Several factors can influence the recovery time from a general Anesthetic. One of the more significant factors is the duration of the procedure. The l ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rhonda Simons
14 years experience Family Medicine
Discharge Papers: You should have received discharge instructions after the procedure. I would imagine if you are not having any trouble with bleeding, you could resum ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
When it stops: Hurting. Give your penis a rest, and don't be in too much of a hurry to give your newly remodeled penis a test drive. Check w/your surgeon for their a ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Your work clearance will actually depend on the nature of your surgery rather than the fact it was done under general anesthesia. The recovery from ge ... Read More

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