Nausea & Vomiting

Despite the common inclusion of anti-nauseant medication in the drugs used during your anaesthetic, you may feel like vomiting after the operation. This feeling, if present, usually lasts only a short while and settles quickly. Rarely a patient may react to an operation and anaesthetic for a much longer period of time 'even up to 24 hours. Fortunately, with the modern drugs used to prevent and treat this problem, this prolonged effect is quite rare. It is important, however, to tell your anaesthetist before the operation if you know from experience that you are one of these worse-affected people as he or she can take special steps to prevent or at least minimize the problem. Nausea and vomiting may be more common with certain operations such as breat and gynaecology surgery and also laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.

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