An anesthesiologist will check on you in the recovery room and will be immediately available to care for you. If you stay in the hospital, an anesthesiologist will visit you in the evening or the day after your anesthesia procedure.
Patients are usually in the recovery room for 30-60 minutes. On occasion, a person may need additional time in the recovery room to address blood pressure, pain, or other needs. If your family has any questions, please have them ask the waiting room staff for an update.
During a general anesthetic, your breathing is supported with airway devices. These items can irritate tender throat tissue causing a sore throat. Cool beverages, frozen items such as popsicles, or sore throat sprays such as Cepacol are all helpful in reducing sore throat discomfort. The symptoms usually disappear in a few days. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Except for the local anesthetic used in most regional blocks, the medications used in anesthesia are very short-acting. The effects of the medications for anesthesia are usually completely gone the following day.
It is very important to protect yourself from falls if you have had a nerve block in your leg, knee, or foot. The block will make your leg, knee, or foot numb and the muscles weak. Do not attempt to walk until all the feeling and muscle strength has returned to your leg. Make sure you follow your surgeon's instructions about when you can place any weight on your leg, knee, or foot.
It is very important to begin taking your pain medication BEFORE the nerve block wears completely off. As a general rule, when you begin to have any feeling (tingling, prickles, temperature) in the area of the block, take your pain medication. Do not wait until you feel pain.
Your surgeon prescribes medications to control your pain after your anesthesia procedure. Please contact your surgeon's clinic if your pain is not controlled or if you have questions about how to take your pain medication.
If you have a question about your anesthetic (i.e. the regional block, sore throat, IV site, etc.) please contact us at 651-241-5317. If you have questions about your surgical procedure, including surgical site or incision or about managing your pain, please contact your surgeon's office.