Can I drive myself home if I feel OK after anesthesia?

The effects of anesthesia can remain with you for 24 hours after they are given. It is not safe to drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions during this time frame.

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Anesthesia Awareness

Awareness is extremely rare and occurs when a patient becomes conscious during a surgical procedure under general anesthesia and has recall of events. These cases rarely occur during high-risk surgery where the patient’s condition does not allow for the usual dosages of medications and gases to be given.

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