Having surgery can be an intimidating experience. Most patients are therefore concerned with anesthesia to be used in surgery and its effectiveness. But how long does it take for anesthesia to wear off? This is essential when a patient wants to be with their family soon after surgery.
Most people will wake up almost immediately after an operation. They will, however, remain inactive for several hours. In this inactive period, the effects of the anesthesia used will wear off. The effects of anesthesia can last up to 24 hours depending on several factors.
Type of anesthesia used
All types of anesthesia used will inhibit pain by removing feelings in the area to be operated. Conscious sedation administered through the veins will enable patients to respond verbally throughout the surgery. This is used in minor surgeries such as dental procedures. This will wear out in several hours. Deep levels of sedation that put patients to sleep can last up to a day. Their effects will then begin to wear off.
Type of surgery
The type of surgery will determine the time anesthesia takes to wear off. Minor surgeries will have the patient wake up and become active immediately after the surgery. Major surgeries requiring complex surgical interventions use anesthesia that will take longer to wear out. This is essential in post-surgery monitoring and pain control.
The area to be operated
Simple surgical procedures use topical anesthesia. This is different from local anesthesia. Topical anesthesia will only make the area numb and inhibit pain during surgery. This will take a short time of about 3 hours to wear off. Brain surgery or back surgery, however, will use local anesthesia. This will take longer to wear off.
Your body metabolism, genetic body makeup, and reaction to medicine are all contributing factors. These will determine how long anesthesia administered will last. When this is considered, one patient may wake up sooner than another.
The above factors will, therefore, determine the time it takes for anesthesia to wear off. This information is essential regarding the type of procedure to be carried out.