Anesthesia - Topic Overview
What happens while you're under anesthesia and when you recover? continued...
When the procedure is complete, you will stop getting the medicine. How quickly
the anesthesia wears off depends on the anesthetics and other medicines used
and on your response to the medicines.
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. A
nurse will check your vital signs and any bandages and ask about how much pain
you have. If you are in pain, don't be afraid to say so.
Some effects of anesthesia may last for many hours after surgery.
- You may have some
numbness or less feeling in part of your body if you had
local or regional anesthesia.
- Your muscle control and
coordination may be affected.
- You may have nausea and vomiting. Most of the time, this can
be treated and doesn't last long.
- You may feel cold and may shiver when you first wake up.
For minor surgeries, you may go home the same day. If surgery is more complicated, you may have to move to a hospital room to continue your
recovery. If you stay in the hospital, your doctor or nurse will visit you to
check on your recovery and answer any questions you