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How long should I wait before going back to work after an operation involving general anesthetic?

How long should I wait before going back to work after an operation involving general anesthetic?

Depends: Your work clearance will actually depend on the nature of your surgery rather than the fact it was done under general anesthesia. The recovery from general anesthesia is short (1-2 days at maximum), while the extent of your surgery will mandate the decision for clearance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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 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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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

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What to expect for first time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

What to expect for first time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Evaluation: Expect to be evaluated by your anesthesiologist the morning of surgery if you have not already. They should explain the entire process and will be able to answer questions for you. But briefly, you will get an iv, be connected to monitors for heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels before going off to sleep. You will also breath oxygen for several minutes just before going off the sleep. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for 1st time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Can you give me suggestions for 1st time operation and general anesthetic on monday?

Be calm: General anesthetics are very safe. Don't eat of drink anything at least 8 hours prior to scheduled surgery with the exception of sip of water with medications that you may be taking on a routine basis, especially for high blood pressure, seizure disorder, reflux meds. If you are on a lot of medications, simplest to have them listed down for anesthesiologist. Get a good nihht's sleep. ...Read more

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Is it impossible to drive after given general anesthetic, even for a 15 minute operation?

Not wise!: During general anesthesia, however brief, you receive medications that alter your mental function and judgment. The medications leave your system fairly quickly if your kidneys and liver work well, but they would still be measurable in your blood stream in small amounts. If you drive and get into an accident, it would be the same as if you were driving drunk. Have someone drive you home! ...Read more

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Why do you have to remove body piercings before operations using general anesthetic?

Why do you have to remove body piercings before operations using general anesthetic?

Electrocautery: Most surgeons use electrical devices during surgery to cauterize small vessels to help control bleeding. Metalic piercings can create skin burns. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of general anesthetic for an operation if u are a diabetic and a smoker?

What are possible complications of general anesthetic for an operation if u are a diabetic and a smoker?

Several: Patients with diabetes have a risk of blood sugar abnormalities, increased risk of blood pressure changes, and aspiration of gastric contents if the condition is long standing. Diabetics are also at increased risk of heart attacks.

Smokers are at risk for bronchospasm under anesthesia (even if you don't have asthma), low oxygen levels, mucus plugs, and other respiratory complications. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?

I had neck surgery with general anesthesia 5 months ago. I recently went back to work and am finding I just can't seem to focus & concentrate. Normal?

No: Postoperative cognitive decline (pocd) whereby there is a deterioration in cognitive (intellectual) or memory function is a known condition that can occur after general anesthesia. Although not normal the condition improves over time. At this time there is no treatment. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of general anesthetic?

Highly unlikely: There are very few long term effects from general anesthesia in the vast majority of cases. There is some controversy over whether mental function can be diminished, but even if this is the case it would only be detected by sophisticated testing. ...Read more

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How long should my dad be under if he just received general anesthetic?

How long should my dad be under if he just received general anesthetic?

Depends on situation: The longer the procedure takes, the longer a patient will be sleepy afterwards. Elderly people take longer for medications to clear out of their systems. If your father needs pain medications after surgery, he will also feel sleepy from those. This is why it is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to wake up. But modern anesthesia medications usually wear off fairly soon. ...Read more

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How long before general anesthetic will leave your system?

How long before general anesthetic will leave your system?

Usually 24 hours: Usually within 24 hours, however different drugs are metabolized at different rates. ...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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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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