General anesthesia is a medicine that puts you in a deep sleep. This means you will not feel anything during the surgery. Your anesthesia team is the anesthesiologist (doctor specializing in anesthesia) and certified registered nurse anesthetist.
Follow any instructions you receive from your surgeon.
Call your health care provider if you have:
You have remained awake during your surgery. The medicine you received was injected directly into the surgery site. The medicine numbed the area so you didn't feel any pain during surgery. Depending on the medicine used, you may feel comfortable for several hours.
You may return to your normal home activities as directed by your health care provider.
If your health care provider ordered pain medicine, take it as prescribed.
You may resume your normal diet.
Call your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Spinal or epidural anesthesia is often used for surgeries of the lower body and legs.
The anesthesiologist injects medicine near the nerves in your back. This lets your surgeon perform the surgery while the lower half of your body is temporarily numb. Sedation to relax you is often given through your intravenous (IV) line.
Your anesthesia team includes the anesthesologist (doctor of anesthesia) and certified registered nurse anesthetist.
When the effect of the medicine wears off, the part of your body which was numb will return to normal. Complete recovery may take four to eight hours. This will depend on which type of anesthesia was used.
You may be tender in your lower back where the injection was given. Please read the instructions you received when you left the hospital.
- drive a car
- operate machines.
Call your doctor if you have:
If you have any questions or concerns, call your health care provider or the hospital Anesthesia Department.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Surgery: What You Need to Know, surg-ahc-21686; Care After General Anesthesia, surg-ahc-13177; Care After Local Anesthesia, surg-ahc-13175; Care After Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia, surg-ahc-13902
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts
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