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How long after surgery does general anesthetic grogginess last for?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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In brief: Anesthesia

As stated there are many variables to account for making a generalization very difficult.
Speak to your surgeon who knows your medical history for a better estimate.

In brief: Anesthesia

As stated there are many variables to account for making a generalization very difficult.
Speak to your surgeon who knows your medical history for a better estimate.
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