Spinal Anesthesia

Care After


  • Do not drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after receiving anesthesia. Make sure someone is available to drive you home.

  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after receiving anesthesia.

  • Do not make important decisions for 24 hours after having spinal or epidural anesthesia. Your thinking may be unclear.

  • Have someone stay with you for at least 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

  • Drink lots of fluids when you get home. If you are an adult, drink eight, 8 ounce glasses of water per day, or as directed.

  • Keep your post-operative appointments as suggested.


  • You develop a fever or any temperature over 100.4° F (38° C).

  • You have a persistent or severe headache.

  • You develop blurred or double vision.

  • You develop dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness.

  • You have weakness, numbness, or tingling in your arms or legs.

  • You develop a skin rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You have persistent nausea and vomiting.

  • You are unable to pass urine.