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How long after general anesthesia is it completely out of your system?

How long after general anesthesia is it completely out of your system?

Depends on drugs: General anesthesia isn't just one medication--it's a combination. Some induce sleep, some (like the anesthesia gases) maintain sleep, some relax muscles, some relieve pain, etc. Each is metabolized at a different rate. In general, you can expect them to vanish within 6-8 hours, but it will take longer if the kidneys or liver don't work well. Don't drive within 24 hours of having anesthesia. ...Read more

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General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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How long before general anesthesia is out of your system?

How long before general anesthesia is out of your system?

It depends : On what was used, how long it was used for and how well the patients body metabolizes and clears the medication. For most modern anesthetics, the majority of the medication will clear within a few hours. Some people can have prolonged residual effects. ...Read more

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How long after general anesthesia do I need to abstain from breastfeeding?

How long after general anesthesia do I need to abstain from breastfeeding?

Depends: It depends on what agents are used for the general anesthesia. The best resource is to ask the anesthesiologist who is sedating you. If you received propofol then it is recommended that you "pump and dump" for 48 hrs after the sedation. Inhaled anesthetics should be out of the system fairly quickly. Pain medications and anxiolytics have different half-lives depending on which is used. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have a long-term effect on the memory after the operation?

Does general anesthesia have a long-term effect on the memory after the operation?

Rarely: There is evidence to suggest that rarely general anesthesia can result in long-term memory loss. This is mostly found in very elderly patients having major operations such as heart surgery and joint replacement. Millions of patients have had general anesthesia with no problems whatsoever in the postoperative period. Younger patients typically wake up feeling exactly the same as before. ...Read more

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How long does it take for normal bladder function to return after having general anesthesia?

Depends: Bladder function after surgery can depend on many things. Longer anesthesia, longer surgery, complicated pelvic surgery may have a few days before bladder function returns. If it is a shorter surgery or less complicated surgery, the bladder function may be normal immediately after surgery. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of general anesthesia last after the srugery is over?

How long do the effects of general anesthesia last after the srugery is over?

Several hours.: 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. ...Read more

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How long to breasfeed after general anesthesia, 2 hours surgery?

Discard: I would suggest that you express the breast milk that you have currently built up, and discard this amount. Then when you are ready you can commence breast-feeding again. Some of the medications for anesthesia and pain control can make it into the breast milk, and if not discarded can get into your child. This can be discussed with your anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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How long will I be sleepy for after general anesthesia?

Varies: Everyone reacts differently to anesthesia. In general, however, most people are sleepy from a few hours to over a day from general anesthesia. As a rule , one should not drive or operate heavy machinery for at least 24 hours after game RAP anesthesia. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthesia can you smoke?

Just stop: I know its easy to tell someone to just stop but stopping as early as possible will help your body get thru the experience as best as possible. Smoking will increase the carbon monoxide content in the blood (not a good gas to have in there), increases the secretions in the tracheo-bronchiole tree which makes it harder to move air and oxygenate. It is one thing you can do to improve outcome. ...Read more

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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more


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