After Care for General Anesthesia
Post Operative Advice and Restrictions for patients who have received General Anesthesia or Intravenous Sedation.
The sedative (sleepy) effects of general anesthetic or intravenous sedation may persist for several hours. For the next 24 hours you are legally “under the influence of a drug”.
During this period:
- You must be accompanied home by a responsible adult, who may either drive you home by a car, or take you home by taxi.
- You may not use public transportation. You may feel little sleepy when you get home. You must remain quietly resting at home for the rest of the day.
- You may feel dizzy, should this occur, lie flat until the dizziness is gone.
- You are encouraged to drink lots of juice (non-diet), for the first 4-6 hour. Light meals are recommended on the day of your operation: (e. g. soup, Jell-O, ice cream etc.)
- You must not consume any alcoholic beverages for 24hour.
- You must not consume any drugs affecting the nervous systems, e. g. sedatives, for 24 hours.
- You must not operate any motor vehicle, boat, power tools, or machinery for 24 hours. Check with your doctor when allowed to drive.
- You must not sign or enter into any legal contract for 24 hours.
- You may experience some muscular aches in your back and neck area. Also, you may develop a sore throat or stuffy nose following a general anesthetic.
- These symptoms are not serious and will disappear in a short time.
- We strongly suggest that a responsible adult be with you, the patient, for the remainder of the day and night.
- Refrain from using ASA products, unless otherwise instructed by the physician.
If you have any questions or problem regarding your anaesthetic, please call your doctor’s office. If you experience any difficulties in breathing or any other complication/ concern, go to nearest Emergency Department or call 911.
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