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What is safer--general or epidural?

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Dr. Karen Sibert answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Depends on situation: Both general anesthesia and epidural anesthesia have risks and benefits. In obstetrics, epidural anesthesia has a long record of safety for labor and c-section. In other types of surgery, general anesthesia may be preferable for a number of reasons. Consult an anesthesiologist for information about your specific situation. Both types of anesthesia are safe in experienced hands.

Answered 10/23/2013

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Both safe: Both are safe in general. Your health and the type of surgery are what dictates which is best for you.

Answered 5/25/2015

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