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

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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Surgery - Hand Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Several hours

Most general anesthetics, especially for outpatient surgery, will wear off after 2-4 hours post-operatively.
That being said, you may find yourself feeling "tired" for another several days post-operatively, due to effects of pain medicines as well as your body's directing energy toward healing. The "sleepiness" you feel when you have a cold is similar to the feeling as you heal.

In brief: Several hours

Most general anesthetics, especially for outpatient surgery, will wear off after 2-4 hours post-operatively.
That being said, you may find yourself feeling "tired" for another several days post-operatively, due to effects of pain medicines as well as your body's directing energy toward healing. The "sleepiness" you feel when you have a cold is similar to the feeling as you heal.
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A day or two

Most people are a little groggy after general anesthesia for any reason.
This can last 1-2 days. If you have changes after this, you should contact your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist.

In brief: A day or two

Most people are a little groggy after general anesthesia for any reason.
This can last 1-2 days. If you have changes after this, you should contact your surgeon and/or anesthesiologist.
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