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How long does it take to recover from a general anesthetic for hand surgery

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aileen Shieu
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: The recovery from anesthesia can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on what medications are used, how long your surgery is, your ag... Read More
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
A day or two: Most people are a little groggy after general anesthesia for any reason. This can last 1-2 days. If you have changes after this, you should contact yo... Read More
Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology 21 years experience
Several hours: Most general anesthetics, especially for outpatient surgery, will wear off after 2-4 hours post-operatively. That being said, you may find yourself f... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Tell doctor: Please tell both your surgeon and your anesthesiologist about all the medications you are taking, including over the counter medications and herbals. ... Read More
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
You have to tell: medications you are taking to the doctors especially to anesthesiologist . General anesthesia has some risk no matter what procedure you are undergoin... Read More
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Post-OP Pain.: As stated earlier, there should be no increase of risk with general anesthesia. The issue that I have experienced is that controlling the post-operati... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
4 AM to be safe...: Npo guidelines for general anesthesia haven't changed much in the last few years. But, 6-8 hours is definitely sufficient for taking a pill with just ... Read More
Dr. Norman Cohen
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Should be fine: The current guidelines allow clear liquids like water up to 2 hours before surgery, full liquids up to 6 hours before surgery and 8h or more for regul... Read More
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: Traditionally it was held that patients should be "npo" eight hours. But more recent studies show that up to 4 oz of water is probably ok upto two hr... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Hess
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Hand surgery: This is a complex question. Recovery depends on the surgery and the problem. Hand fractures require approximately 6 weeks for recovery. Tendons may... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Nerve Healing: Injured sensory nerves in the hand can regrow in many cases. If the nerve has been bruised, or cut/repaired it will typically regrow from the point of... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Hand Surgery: Ga is used for longer more complicated cases. Many cases, such as carpal tunnel, can be done with local and/or sedation, though there have been papers... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Fischer
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Surgery and a Cold: Possibly. Both your anesthesiologist and surgeon will conduct a focused history of this illness and do a physical exam. They will then assess the ris... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
General anesthesia: Most patients are afraid before surgery, often about anesthesia. It is quite normal to have this fear. Okay to talk to the anesthesia provider before ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Geriatric Psychiatry 62 years experience
No: Alcohol was used before an effective anesthetic (ether) was discovered but it does not provide deep anesthesia and is difficult to titrate (prevent ov... Read More

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