Going Home after Anesthesia
____ Monitored Anesthesia: mild to heavy sedation without a breathing tube.
____ General Anesthesia: unconscious with a breathing tube.
For your safety, someone (age 16 or older)
should stay with you today and tonight.
You may feel sleepy for the next 12 to 24
hours from the medicines you got during
and after surgery. Rest and relax for the next
12 hours and avoid hazardous or strenuous
activity. If you had a breathing tube, you
may have a mild sore throat for the next 24
hours. Call if the sore throat is severe or
does not go away.
24 Hours after Anesthesia
Don’t drive a car, motorcycle, or bike.
Don’t operate machinery or power tools.
Don’t drink alcohol, or use unapproved
Don’t make any important personal or
business decisions, or sign important
papers. 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.
Eating and Drinking
Start slowly today. Drink clear liquids such
as water, apple juice, and soft drinks. If you
feel okay, you can try soup, soda crackers,
and other foods that are easy to digest.
Avoid milk products, spicy, or fatty foods.
Be sure to drink several glasses of clear
liquids to avoid dehydration. Tomorrow,
you can eat as desired.
Call if You Have:
A fever above 100°F (by mouth) or 99° F
(under the arm) for 2 readings taken 4
Trouble breathing or a “wet sounding”
cough that persists.
Frequent vomiting after getting settled at
home (more than twice).
Trouble urinating by late tonight (or have
a painful, full bladder).
Your anesthesiologist was Dr. __________.
Your surgeon/radiologist was Dr.
After hours, weekends and holidays: Call
608-262-0486 (Paging Operator) or
1-800-323-8942. 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 back.
A UW staff member will try to call you at
home or work within the next few days. We
will ask 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.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6372.
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 © 5/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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