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How should I expect to feel when I wake up from anesthesia?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: It depends!

That depends on so many factors.
A major operation can take hours, and of course you would receive a lot more anesthesia than you would for a 30 min. Procedure. Some people are much more prone to motion sickness and nausea than others. Some people require more pain medication than others. Expect to feel drowsy and to need some pain med as the anesthesia wears off. Don't plan to drive home!

In brief: It depends!

That depends on so many factors.
A major operation can take hours, and of course you would receive a lot more anesthesia than you would for a 30 min. Procedure. Some people are much more prone to motion sickness and nausea than others. Some people require more pain medication than others. Expect to feel drowsy and to need some pain med as the anesthesia wears off. Don't plan to drive home!
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Jon Krook
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sleepy

You will be groggy and hopefully your pain from your surgical procedure is well controlled.

In brief: Sleepy

You will be groggy and hopefully your pain from your surgical procedure is well controlled.
Dr. Jon Krook
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Awake

This depends on the type of anesthesia & surgery.
If no pain u should be responsive in 5 minutes; awake in 15 minutes ( count to ten without stop); allert=30 min. If anti nausea or pain meds you may be sleepy longer most side effects are from pain nausea or antibiotic meds or from the surgery directly. Laporoscopic surgery makes shoulder pain. Breathing tube or neck surgery=sore throat ask ur dr.

In brief: Awake

This depends on the type of anesthesia & surgery.
If no pain u should be responsive in 5 minutes; awake in 15 minutes ( count to ten without stop); allert=30 min. If anti nausea or pain meds you may be sleepy longer most side effects are from pain nausea or antibiotic meds or from the surgery directly. Laporoscopic surgery makes shoulder pain. Breathing tube or neck surgery=sore throat ask ur dr.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Groggy

Initially a patient who wakes up from anesthesia is somewhat groggy and confused.
As the anesthetics wear of more they become more coherent and awake. This process is slowed by the narcotic pain medications that you might need to help with your pain.

In brief: Groggy

Initially a patient who wakes up from anesthesia is somewhat groggy and confused.
As the anesthetics wear of more they become more coherent and awake. This process is slowed by the narcotic pain medications that you might need to help with your pain.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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