Anesthesia can cause death in a few ways. If you’ve just had surgery, it’s possible that death is caused by the anesthesia. But if you’ve had major surgery, you may not be able to tell if you’re dead until you look for a pulse.
If you’re dead under anesthesia, you should be taken to the operating room immediately.
How long does it take for anesthetics to wear off?
After surgery, your anesthesiologist will give you specific instructions about what to do when you wake up.
Some people will go home the same day, but most have a few hours to wait before they can go home. You’ll also have to wait several days before you can have more tests. Anesthesiologists can give you a general idea of how long it will take your body to recover, but this depends on the type of surgery you had.
What can you do to make sure you’re not dead under anesthesia?
There are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t go under anesthesia too fast.
- Don’t drive. If you have a sedative, don’t drive. You could have a serious accident.
When to call a doctor?
- You’re not acting rationally.
- You’re very sleepy.
- Your breathing is very shallow.
- You’re not breathing.
- You’re not able to move.
- You’re blue.
- You’re not waking up or breathing.
In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
What if you’re not dead?
If you woke up from anesthesia and you’re not dead, don’t panic. You’re probably very confused. You might not be able to remember what happened. You may have been confused when you came back from the anesthesia. It’s also possible that you’re still anesthetized.
If you can’t remember anything about your surgery, it’s possible that you’re not asleep. You may be feeling pain. It’s also possible that you’re having an allergic reaction and you’re having a bad reaction to the anesthesia.
What if you’re still under anesthesia?
If you’re still under anesthesia, you might still feel pain. You might also experience nausea or vomiting.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. If you’re still under anesthesia and you have trouble breathing, call 911 immediately.
What if you were asleep?
You might have felt very drowsy and dozed off while you were under anesthesia. You may still be confused.
If you woke up after surgery and you felt like you were asleep, it’s likely that you were asleep and not under anesthesia.
What if you’re awake?
If you were awake during your surgery, but you were confused and you’re not in a lot of pain, it’s possible that you were under sedation.
If you’re awake and you have trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. You should also call 911 if you’re awake and your breathing is very shallow or you’re not breathing at all.
What if you were awake and you had a seizure?
If you had a seizure while you were awake and you were confused, it’s possible that you were awake and sedated.
Seizures are extremely dangerous. Call your healthcare provider and 911 immediately if you have a seizure. You’ll need to be monitored for a short time.
What if you’re awake, but you have a bad reaction to anesthesia?
If you’re awake and you have a bad reaction to anesthesia, it’s possible that you were awake but not sedated. You should tell your healthcare provider right away.
You can have a bad reaction to anesthesia, especially if you’re not used to being awake during surgery. It’s also possible that you’ve been given a different type of anesthesia.
What if you don’t remember anything about your surgery?
If you don’t remember anything about your surgery, it’s possible that you had surgery on your right side only. You may be having a stroke.
You should call 911 right away if you:
- Are not breathing
- Are blue
- Are unresponsive
- Have trouble seeing
- Are having trouble speaking
How long should you wait before you have more tests?
When you wake up from anesthesia, you’ll be given specific instructions about what to do.
You shouldn’t eat or drink for several hours. This includes anything that isn’t given to you by your healthcare provider.
After surgery, your anesthesiologist may give you a specific amount of time before you can do more tests. A few hours may seem long, but it will probably feel shorter once you’ve had the chance to eat and drink.
How long will I be in the hospital?
The type of surgery you had and the type of anesthesia you had will determine how long you’ll be in the hospital after your surgery.
If you had general anesthesia, you’ll probably be able to go home after one or two days. If you had a spinal block, you may need to stay for a few more days.
What are the complications of anesthesia?
All surgeries have risks. Anesthesia involves risk. Anesthesia can cause complications, and surgery can cause complications. Complications can include:
- Reaction to anesthetic
- Breathing problems
- Blood clots in the lungs
How do I know if I had anesthesia?
During your surgery, you’ll receive a medication that will make you pass out. If you wake up during your surgery, it’s likely that you were given anesthesia.
If you had surgery and you’re not sure whether you were given anesthesia, contact your healthcare provider.
What happens if I have a bad reaction to anesthesia?
If you have a bad reaction to the anesthesia, it’s important to let your healthcare provider know. You’ll need to be monitored for a short time.
If you’ve had major surgery, you’ll need to wait several days before you can be released from the hospital. This depends on your type of surgery.
You should be able to go home on the night of your operation
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