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How much time does it take for anesthetic to wear off after a short surgery?

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Dr. Abdul Khokhar
36 years experience
Anesthesia wear off: it depend upon medication use.propofol were of in minutes while narcotics and bezidiazepines can take hours
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Local or general?: Local anesthesia used to numb the area may last for several hours. Sedation medications, pain meds, and/or general anesthesia wear off within a couple of hours; longer in elderly patients or liver/kidney problems. Still, no one should drive or make any important decisions within 24 hours of having sedation or anesthesia. Your judgment may be impaired long after you feel awake.

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