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

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
15 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not advisable

It may be possible, but definitely not safe.
Meds given can slow your reflexes for hours after until they are cleared from your system. If you show up with no ride, you will likely be denied surgery. If you get into an accident driving when you shouldn't, it may be considered driving under the influence. Give yourself a day to recover and get used to your pain meds.

In brief: Not advisable

It may be possible, but definitely not safe.
Meds given can slow your reflexes for hours after until they are cleared from your system. If you show up with no ride, you will likely be denied surgery. If you get into an accident driving when you shouldn't, it may be considered driving under the influence. Give yourself a day to recover and get used to your pain meds.
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Oswald Jules
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not impossible

The standard recommendation is that one should avoid performing any hazardous task or driving for 24 hrs after receiving a general anesthetic.
However, depending on the agents used (short or long acting) it is quite possible that an individual may be fully recovered well before that time. Nevertheless, the recommendation stands.

In brief: Not impossible

The standard recommendation is that one should avoid performing any hazardous task or driving for 24 hrs after receiving a general anesthetic.
However, depending on the agents used (short or long acting) it is quite possible that an individual may be fully recovered well before that time. Nevertheless, the recommendation stands.
Dr. Oswald Jules
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology

In brief: LAW AND FACT

The law is that you are leglaly drunk for 24 hours but that was different drugs inthe 1980's.
Now if you getehright drugs they willbe gone in 2 hours. But you will still have to deal with the law and dwi if you have a problem.

In brief: LAW AND FACT

The law is that you are leglaly drunk for 24 hours but that was different drugs inthe 1980's.
Now if you getehright drugs they willbe gone in 2 hours. But you will still have to deal with the law and dwi if you have a problem.
Dr. David Edsall
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