How Long Does It Usually Take to Wake Up from General Anesthesia if Going for a Mommy Makeover for 4 Hours?
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Waking From Anesthesia
Most patients will wake up within a few minutes of the completion of a Mommy Makeover. Generally as the final dressings are being placed, the anesthesiologist will lighten the anesthesia allowing the patient to gently begin to respond to verbal commands. Even though patients are awake and responding in the operating room, they may not remember this time as the medications given during the surgery will make them forgetful. Once patients are in the recovery room and less sleepy, they will be more aware of their surroundings.
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Time to wake up from anesthesia after a mommy makeover
Patients usually wake up from breast and abdominal surgery within a few minutes of the end of the case.
Modern outpatient anesthetics are very different from older techniques. Quick emergence is the rule. Pain pumps postoperatively reduce the amount of narcotics that tend to make patients sleepy and feel drugged.
Patients can help with their recovery by not drinking the night before surgery, by hydrating up until the time they need to be NPO, and by informing themselves thoroughly of what to expect after surgery.
We recommend in all mommy makeover patients to spend one or two nights in a postsurgical aftercare facility, both for their comfort and their safety.
Waking up from surgery will vary
Typically longer surgeries require longer recoveries. The more medicine that is given in the course of an operation the longer it may take for the body to process it and neutralize it to the point where patient wakes up. What type of anesthetic used will greatly influence how long it takes to wake up after surgery. There are IV and gas anesthetic agents, there are long-acting and short-acting agents, and there are how all these medicines are used together. In the ideal situation once the anesthetic agent is turned off within 5-10 minutes of patient should be awake enough to be transferred to the recovery area and hopefully in 30-45 minutes be ready to be discharged. But with longer surgical procedures, variations from patient to patient and anesthetic provider to provide, recovery will very greatly.
Typically after my mommy make over procedures I tell patients to expect to be in recovery for about 1 hour.
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Most Patients Wake from Anesthesia Easily
Be aware that anytime that you have general anesthesia, you may not drive and should not make important decisions within 24 hours of the anesthesia. It is also important, if the procedure is performed as an outpatient, that an adult spend the night with you so that if there are any issues, someone is available to make a phone call for help. Although this circumstance is exceedingly rare, it is a matter of prudent precaution and safety.
Anesthesia Used During a Mommy Makeover- An MD Anesthesiologist can be by your bedside at all times thoughout surgery
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