The answers come from
Anesthesia & You... Anesthesia for Ambulatory Surgery, an informational document prepared by the American Society of Anesthesiologists through the cooperative efforts of the Society's Committees on Communications and the Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care.

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What instructions will I receive?
Both written and verbal instructions will be given. Most facilities have both general instructions and instructions that apply specifically to your surgery.

In general, for 24 hours after your anesthesia:

  • Do not drink alcohol or use nonprescription medications.
  • Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery.
  • Do not make important decisions.
  • You will be given telephone numbers to call if you have any concerns or if you need emergency help after you go home.