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Anesthesia - Topic Overview

What happens while you're under anesthesia and when you recover? continued...

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 have.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 30, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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