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

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Dr. Mark Gujer
25 years experience Anesthesiology
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.
Answered on Mar 17, 2014
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Dr. Charles Rocamboli
17 years experience Family Medicine
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
29 years experience Anesthesiology
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.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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