Post-op General Anesthesia or IV Sedation

Instructions From Dr. Alijanian and Team:

It is imperative that you DO NOT drive a car or operate machinery while taking medications or recovering from the general anesthesia or IV sedation.  Your judgment will be impaired. You must be under direct supervision for the first 6 hours after you receive general anesthesia or IV sedation.  It is normal to feel tired, forgetful, and groggy. The following instructions are designed to help you during your recovery period.

Diet:

  •  After having general anesthesia, we recommend clear liquids first (such as 7-up, water, apple juice).  If you continue to feel hungry, this may be followed by soft foods (such as ice cream, Jello, pudding, malts) for the first 24 hours.
  • After the initial 24 hour period maintain a soft diet (soups, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, soft chicken, soft fish) for 2 – 3 days and then gradually progress to solid foods as tolerated.
  • Avoid food like popcorn, nuts, sunflower seeds, or rice.
  • If you are a diabetic, maintain your normal diet as much as possible and follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your insulin schedule.
  • Please follow our Nutrition recommendations.

Discomfort:

The local anesthesia (numbing medicine) administered during your surgery normally has a 4-6 hour duration for the upper surgery sites, and can last up to 12 hours for the lower sites.  It may be difficult to control the discomfort once the anesthetic wears off. Therefore supplemental medication for relief of discomfort is usually necessary.

Take the prescribed Motrin 800mg with a shake or milk and a large volume of water. This will lessen any side effects of nausea.  Continue to take this every 8 hours for at least 24 hours. It is important to take the Motrin before the local anesthetic wears off.

If needed, please take the prescribed Norco only on a full stomach. Norco may be supplemented along with the Motrin, only if necessary for increased comfort.

Nausea:

The medications used during and after surgery may cause nausea.  If nauseated, avoid milk and other dairy products and try to drink clear liquids in small quantities, until symptoms resolve. Medications should not be taken on an empty stomach.  If nausea continues, please contact our office and an anti-nausea medication may be prescribed.

Fever:

A low-grade fever is not uncommon after surgery. It is usually a sign of insufficient liquid intake.  Please remember to drink sufficient amounts of clear liquids to keep your body hydrated.

Bruising:

This may occur on the arm or hand, near the site of intravenous.  It is very common to have minor bruising.  If the arm is inflamed or tender for first day, apply an ice pack for 30 minutes on and then off for 30 minutes.  If inflammation or tenderness does not resolve on the second day, please contact our office for evaluation.

If you have any questions about your recovery or the above recommendations, please call our office at (925) 934-7888.  During business hours, a member of our team will be happy to assist you.  If this is a life threatening emergency, please contact 911.  After hours, you may call our number and press 9 and leave a detailed message with a call back number and Dr. Alijanian will be paged and  return your call as soon as possible.

We are committed to making your surgical experience a comfortable one.