If you plan on going home following your procedure, you must have a responsible adult drive you and stay with you for the entire evening. You must not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours following anesthesia.
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is primarily a concern for elderly patients. POCD most often involves a subtle decline in memory and the ability to focus. The length of time POCD lasts varies with each individual. Symptoms usually improve over several months without ongoing illness. The actual cause of POCD is still not clearly understood. There may be some benefit in choosing regional anesthesia over general anesthesia for certain operations.
Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is a common concern for surgical patients. There are many risk factors for PONV that unfortunately cannot be completely avoided, but several modifications in the anesthetic plan can decrease this risk. The use of one or more anti-nausea medications is part of most anesthetic plans, and the careful use of these medications is guided by a range of considerations, including effectiveness, cost and the risk of side effects.