Shiloh wrote:If something happened right after surgery, I can probably see it going one of two ways.
If they used general anaesthetic, I'd be pretty damn useless for quite a while. I could hardly lift my arm for the first couple minutes after waking up, and for some time afterwards. Three to four hours later, I'd probably be okay to get up and walk moderate distances, but not with any sort of load on my back. Maybe be able to handle a weapon, albeit not well. I probably wouldn't be considered combat or evac-ready for a good 6 hours after waking up.
Local anaesthetic: Depending on the surgery (I've only had eye operations, so take this all with a grain of salt) I'd probably be able to handle myself, a pack, or a weapon ten to twenty minutes afterwards. Probably be a little groggy, but be able to move out in less than an hour, if I'm careful.
Just FYI, watch out for the conscious sedation stuff. Husband seemed to have recovered well after about 30 min, was saying he thought he could drive home (directions said NOT!). He doesn't recall anything whatsoever about that time period, including being left to watch our 2yo by himself in a lounge area, until we are on the road partway home. He seemed fine but clearly wasn't all back yet...