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

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

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 age and other medical conditions you may have. Effects from local anesthesia (numbing medicine placed at your surgical site) usually last for 4-24 hours. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

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 does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

How long does it take to recover from a hand surgery?

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 require longer. Also comorbidities such as diabetes, etc prolong healing time ...Read more

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How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

How long does nerve damage typically take to recover from hand surgery?

Roughly 1mm/day: Peripheral nerves, if cut of severely bruised/crushed, can regrow/regenerate but the rate depends greatly on the age of the patient and the presence of other medical problems. Young, healthy patients typically regenerate ~1mm/day but there is a lot of variability. A lot also depends on the severity of the injury itself. ...Read more

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How long after surgery does general anesthetic grogginess last for?

How long after surgery does general anesthetic grogginess last for?

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 old age or poor function of the liver or kidneys can make medications take longer to wear off. So it's hard to say how long grogginess will last. After a short procedure in a healthy patient, the effects of general anesthesia will wear off quickly. ...Read more

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I am having bunion surgery shortly & wanting to know if I will be at risk from the general anesthetic as I take dihydrocodeine 30mg 3 times a day?

I am having bunion surgery shortly & wanting to know if I will be at risk from the general anesthetic as I take dihydrocodeine 30mg 3 times a day?

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-operative pain may need a little more attention. Your pain threshold after the surgery may be a bit lower and require closer attention to the prescribed pain relievers. ...Read more

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Going for breat lift surgery tomorrow at 12pm. I have to take my birth control pill with a sip of water. Obviously I'm on npo for general anesthetic, can I take my pill at 9am with a sip of water?

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 hrs before surgery. ...Read more

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Can people get general anesthesia when they have a hand surgery?

Depends: This can depend on the patient or the procedure. Some operations do not require the patient to be asleep for the procedure, while others can be much more involved and will require the patient to be asleep. Talk to your surgeon or your anesthesiologist about your options. ...Read more

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I have surgery friday and am going to have a general anesthetic. Will I have to reschedule if I'm sick with a cold?

I have surgery friday and am going to have a general anesthetic. Will I have to reschedule if I'm sick with a cold?

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 risk of undergoing an elective procedure in the face of your current health status. Fever, a productive cough, malaise, reactive/congested airways can increase your risk of complications peri-operatively. ...Read more

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Very scared of general anesthetic. Can I avoid it in a minor anal surgery?

Very scared of general anesthetic. Can I avoid it in a minor anal surgery?

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 or at the preoperative time. General anesthesia is very safe, effective and helpful during your surgery. However, you do have some choices, so discuss with your team. Be well and good luck. ...Read more

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It happens that a person have knee surgery without a general anesthetic?

It happens that a person have knee surgery without a general anesthetic?

Spinal, epidural, etc: There are several excellent alternatives to general anesthesia. This can easily be done with spinal or epidural anesthesia. It can also be done with a combination of nerve blocks, and the big advantage to this is long-lasting pain relief after surgery. It can last for days in some cases. You can still be lightly sedated if you are worried about listening to what's happening. ...Read more

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What is the surgery like for breast cancer, will I be put under general anesthetic or just local?

What is the surgery like for breast cancer, will I be put under general anesthetic or just local?

Can be either: Depends on what is being done. For an excision or lumpectomy one can have local, mac or general. For a mastectomy, I would recommend general. It is more comfortable. ...Read more

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Could general anesthetic before my wisdom teeth surgery make me throw up?

Might: Post op nausea and vomitting can be as high as 40%. Different medications increase risk. 4 big risks are: female, non- smoker, using narcotics post op and having ponv before. Pretreating with antiemetics and altering maintenance drugs can reduce risk by 77%. ...Read more

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Is a deviated septum surgery usually done under local anesthetic or general anesthesia?

Is a deviated septum surgery usually done under local anesthetic or general anesthesia?

General usually: Surgery for a deviated septum can be relatively simple or complicated and is often combined with other procedures such as treatment of the turbinates or the sinuses for breathing improvement. Also the other nasal cartilages/bone may be shaped to alter the appearance of the nose. Typically general anesthesia is used for comfort, control, and to protect your airway from bleeding. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

How long does it usually take to perform a pediatric hand surgery?

Varies: The length of time varies depending on the procedure performed. This can range from 5 minutes for a trigger thumb release to over 3 hours for a syndactyly reconstruction. ...Read more

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When I woke from general anesthetic from spinal surgery I woke with strong period cramps and then bled for 24hrs, 3 weeks early. Not preg. This normal?

When I woke from general anesthetic from spinal surgery I woke with strong period cramps and then bled for 24hrs, 3 weeks early. Not preg. This normal?

Not Much is Known: Or has been researched about this topic, although cytokine levels do increase during periods of surgical stress and these proteins prepare, or "confer receptivity, " of the endometrium (inner uterus lining) for menstruation. Together with the cascade of stress hormones released during surgery, altered period timing either early or late is likely to happen. Great question! And, don't worry! ...Read more

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How many days should you take off after hand surgery?

How many days should you take off after hand surgery?

Depends what surgery: If its a carpal tunnel or trigger finger release you should only need a few days, some of my patients go back to light work the day after. If it is a fracture you may need more time. Consult with your surgeon to find their specific protocol. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

How long should I keep my arm elevated after hand surgery?

2-3 days: Swelling achieves a maximum at 2-3 days.
Make sure you don't over elevate such as over your head and interfere with circulation. A pillow on you r chest or at your side with your fingers pointed up higher than your elbow and of course higher than your heart no matter what your position is helpful.
Ice may be used but not if there are circulation issues or problems. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

How long does swelling last following hand surgery?

Depends on surgery..: The swelling will depend on the extent of surgery, initial trauma, and subsequent wound care (elevation, mobilization, etc). ...Read more

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How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

How long does swelling typically last after hand surgery?

Depends: Some amount of hand swelling after hand surgery is normal. The amount of hand swelling depends on the condition and the treatment needed for the condition. Is important to control the swelling mostly with elevation and keeping the fingers moving. If this fails occupational therapists can help to reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Yes: It is generally a good idea to minimize work with a hand that has been operated on. The amount of time off is highly variable and depends on the procedure being performed and the demands of the job. I would check with your local hand surgeon regarding the specifics of the surgery. ...Read more

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How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

How long after reconstructive hand surgery should you wait until performing calisthenics such as pull-ups?

Depends...: Pull ups require significant flexing force through the digits. Depending on what you had reconstructed, it may take you up to six months to be able to perform pull-ups. Smaller repairs may take only 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

Had hand surgery on palmer crease, cut reopened after stitches removed, how to care for and exercise hand now, also how long before fully functional?

The palm skin often: Heals well with dressing changes. And uncomlicated healing times differ but a good average time (known because there are certain surgical procedures where the pal is left intentionally open and unsutured) is about 3 weeks

still as u had surgery call your surgeon!
sometimes it is just the superficial dry or macerated skin and it is not open. Other times there could be infection or sinus tract. ...Read more

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How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

How long must my arms remain elevated after hand surgery?

Typically: 2-3 days is when swelling reaches amaximun so the first 4 -5 days are the most important for elevation. Moving your fingers (if allowed) is just as important, not just a little finger twitch ot flap of the hand but making a full fist and extending all the way out helps push the fluid out of swollen digits. (again only is permitted -----so ask your surgeon). ...Read more

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A week after hand surgery, my fingers are experiencing constant "pins and needles". How long can I expect this to last, or when should I be conc

A week after hand surgery, my fingers are experiencing constant "pins and needles". How long can I expect this to last, or when should I be conc

I'd be concerned now: Call your Dr. Who did the surgery, and let him know what is going on. This may be nothing, orit could be something serious like nerve damage. ...Read more

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How long does it take for general anesthetic to leave the body?

How long does it take for general anesthetic to leave the body?

Length of anesthetic: Modern general anesthetics are short acting and leave your body fast, almost by the time you are ready to leave the post operative unit. Sedation may continue mainly from the pain killers given after surgery. Lethargy for a few days is from having a surgery rather than the anesthetics. ...Read more

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Possible malignant tumor in right hand. If it's malignant will I need chemo after surgery? Also how long would it take to recover from amputated pinky

Possible malignant tumor in right hand. If it's malignant will I need chemo after surgery? Also how long would it take to recover from amputated pinky

Depends on the cause: There are several different types of cancer which can affect your hand. It could be a sarcoma of the soft tissues or of the bone. The treatments typically include surgery if it is small tumor. Chemo is only used for large tumors or if the tumor is highly malignant. Healing of the finger should not take more than 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Gud morng doctor, vikesh from india (hyderabad) I had a surgery to fix median nerve. How long does nerve damage take to recover from hand (age25)?

Gud morng doctor, vikesh from india (hyderabad) I had a surgery to fix median nerve. How long does nerve damage take to recover from hand (age25)?

When was surgery?: It can take some time to recover. Fundamental, entails this depends on the reason for surgery and if any baseline permenant damage existed prior to surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Hand Surgery (Definition)

Hand surgery is a meticulous surgical procedure that occurs on your hands. There are few places where there is such in intimate association of blood vessels, nerves, bones, tendons and joints. This is why a dedicated hand surgeon ...Read more


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Anesthetic (Definition)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation ...Read more