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Going Home after Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia (6325)

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Going Home after Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia

This handout explains what to expect at home after spinal or epidural anesthesia.

Someone (age 16 or older) should stay with
you for the rest of today and tonight. This is
for your own safety and protection. You
may feel a little sleepy for the next 12 to 24
hours. This is from to the medicines you
receive during and after surgery. Rest and
relax for the next 12 hours.

For The Next 24 Hours, Even If You Feel
ξ Avoid hazardous or strenuous
ξ Don’t drive a car, motorcycle, or
bike. Don’t operate machinery or
power tools.
ξ Don’t drink alcohol or use
unapproved drugs.
ξ Don’t make any important personal
or business decisions, or sign
important papers.
ξ Follow your doctor’s advice about
activity. Be careful when you sit or
stand up after being in bed for a long
time. You may become dizzy if you
sit or stand too quickly.

Food and Liquids
ξ Start slowly.
ξ Drink clear liquids such as water,
apple juice, and soft drinks.
ξ If you feel okay, you can try soup,
soda crackers, and other foods that
are easy to digest.
ξ Avoid spicy or fatty foods.
ξ Drink at least 6-8 glasses of clear
liquids so you don’t get dehydrated.
ξ Tomorrow, you can eat what you
normally would.

Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia
These types of anesthesia are given through
a small needle placed into the lower back.
Your back may feel sore. This is caused by
the needle and your ligaments stretching
when your muscles relax. This should get
better over the next few days. Ask your
surgeon what you can take to help the pain.

Your Doctors
Your anesthesiologist was
Dr. _____________________.

Your surgeon is
Dr.______________________ from the
_____________ clinic.
The clinic phone number is:
(608) ______________.
Call if you have questions or concerns. If
you live outside the area, call our toll-free
number 1-800-323-8942 (24 hr).

In an emergency, call 911

Call if you have:
ξ A fever above 100°F (by mouth) or 99°
F (under the arm) for 2 readings taken 4
hours apart.
ξ Trouble breathing or a “wet sounding”
cough that persists.
ξ Frequent vomiting after getting settled
at home (more than twice).
ξ Trouble urinating by late tonight (or
have a painful, full bladder).
ξ Your pain does not go away or gets
really bad

ξ You have a bad headache that is worse
when you sit up and better when you lie
ξ New weakness or numbness

After hours, weekends, and holidays: Call
(608) 262-0486 (Paging Operator). Ask for
the doctor on call for Dr.
_________________________. Give the
operator your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you

If you have questions or concerns about the
nerve block, call (608) 262-0486 and ask for

the Anesthesia Acute Pain Service. If you
had surgery at The American Center, ask for
the Anesthesiologist on-call.

A nurse will try to call you at home or work
within the next few days. We will ask you a
few questions about your recovery and the
care you received. Let us know if this is not
possible or may be a problem.

We wish you a quick recovery.

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 8/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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