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A 31-year-old female asked:

which you prefar spinal anasthesia or general anasthesia during cesarean section?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Spinal: A spinal or epidural does not give medication to the baby, so it is preferred. But it takes a while to take effect general anesthesia is generally used in emergency situations to get the baby out quickly.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Spinal or epidural: The regional anesthetic with either a spinal or an epidural is the preferred way to perform this operation. It is safer for the mother, as well as lets her see the baby as they are born. Talk to your anesthesiologist about your options.

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A member asked:

Can I breastfeed if I have recently had anesthesia?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: You need to ask your own doctor or anesthesiologist about the specific instructions, which will depend on the medications used and the timing of the surgery. But in general, it is safe to nurse after anesthesia. You may have to "pump and dump" after surgery once or twice, but the exact routine depends on the circumstances.
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
It depends on the medications you received an their half life. For example a medication that is 1/2 gone in 9 hrs would take about. 5 half lives or 45 hours before its out of your system
Sep 7, 2013
Dr. David Kinsman
Dr. David Kinsman commented
Anesthesiology 20 years experience
Many medications are safe to use while breastfeeding. Your doctor can consult the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and give you the best advice. Most medications/anesthetics given in IV or inhaled form do not accumulate in the breastmilk enough to give effects in an infant when taken orally.
Oct 1, 2013
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is cesarean birth?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Abdominal delivery: A cesarean birth is when the baby is delivered via an incision on the uterus through the abdomen.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to have general anesthesia during my c-section?

9 doctor answers36 doctors weighed in
Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: General anesthesia is riskier than spinal or epidural anesthesia for a cesarean. Which is right for you depends on why you are having a c-section and the other medical conditions you have. In some cases, general anesthesia is the safest method. If you are concerned and have time, ask to talk to an anesthesiologist before surgery to go over the specific risks for you.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Elective csection usually performed under regional anesthesia. General is exception, based on unic medical cercumstances: low platelets, prior spine surgery, debilitated patient, etc
Sep 26, 2013
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are general antibiotics effective against the plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Helps most patients: Patients with suspected plague are put in strict isolation units and treatment is started with antibiotics such as gentamicin, streptomycin, doxycycline, tetracyline, Septra, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ciprofloxacin, or chloramphenicol. With treatment, the death rate drops from about 50% to about 15% (the majority of the cases are bubonic plague). Pneumonic plague is fatal if treatment is not started in 24 hours.
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A 45-year-old female asked:

Can anesthesia affect your WBC count?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Yes/no: A slight shift in WBC is to be expected after surgery.

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