We have lots of tricks to prevent!
We know that some people get nauseated after anesthesia. We take several measures to make sure this doesn’t happen to you—we don’t like it when our patients are nauseated! First, know that it is caused by the anesthesia drugs, and a short, quick operation means less drugs.
Thus, many patients who experienced nausea with previous operations will not get it at our parathyroid center. We also give all of our patients an IV medication in the operating room to cut down on the incidence of post op nausea. If you have a history of nausea with anesthesia, we can give a scopolamine patch behind your ear to help decrease the chances of nausea.
It is very rare for the nausea to last more than a few hours or into the next day. If it does, please know that it will go away soon and you should try to keep liquids down. The best trick is to drink Gatorade and/or water and eat crackers. Ginger is a great medicinal for this purpose, so many people swear by ginger-containing foods like ginger-ale, and ginger candies.