A 44-year-old member asked:

How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

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Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 28 years experience
Quickly: Actually you will wake up and have your breathing tube removed within 5-10 minutes of the surgeon being done. That said, your memory will be fuzzy for about another 1/2 hr, so you may not remember things until you have been in the recovery room for a while. You will be pretty awake when you go home though.
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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Depends what you consider as "waking up". If someone taps you on your shoulder and says your name you should respond within a few minutes of leaving the operating room. You will feel sleepy for a couple of hours post operatively.
Apr 20, 2013
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
5 Minutes: Most patients are awake almost immediately after anesthesia. However, the effects last several hours making the patient's sleepy and groggy. Often patients have no memory of being in recovery room, and this is the lingering effects of the anesthesia. This situation is compounded by the pain medications/narcotics that you will have after the surgery.
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