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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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General Anesthesia (Definition)

General anesthesia is a medically induced coma and loss of protective reflexes resulting from the administration of one or more general anesthetic agents. It is a treatment that renders you unconscious during medical procedures, so you don't feel or ...Read more


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I had an unplanned c-section and was put under general anesthesia. Why couldn't my husband stay in the or?

Varies: First, I trust you and your baby are well. There are several reasons why a partner is not allowed in the or for an "unplanned" cesarean. First, is to provide you- the patient- with undivided attention. Secondly, under general anesthesia, you would not be able to communicate to your partner and that is at times difficult for the visiting husband to take in. It can be summed up in 1 word: safety. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia for c-section more dangerous than just as epidural?

Is general anesthesia for c-section more dangerous than just as epidural?

Relatively, yes: Once a patient is put to sleep with general anesthesia, the OB surgeon has a finite (short) period of time to remove the baby prior to it being affected by the anesthesia drugs and being delivered in a flaccid state. Epidural anesthesia is "safer" as the patient is awake even though this modality carries some risks as well. ...Read more

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Please write strongest pain medication, complete drug plan for post C-section pain. I chose C-section with general anesthesia. I don't want spinal or epidural?

Please write strongest pain medication, complete drug plan for post C-section pain. I chose C-section with general anesthesia. I don't want spinal or epidural?

Analgesia: It would not be practical to provide you with rx plan for postop analgaesia without knowing your medical history. You have tied your anesthesiologist's hands by declining spinal/epidural. Both techniques can have opiate adjuvants which diminishes motor blockade whilst maintains sensory blockade. Elective general anesthesia for delivery is dangerous and as an anesthesiologist I wouldn't do that. ...Read more

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For extreme nervous patients undergoing a c section, is general anesthesia better or taking a light sedative? Can sedative be given before spinal?

For extreme nervous patients undergoing a c section, is general anesthesia better or taking a light sedative? Can sedative be given before spinal?

C-section: Safety is a priority and regional anesthesia is safer for c-sections. Patient can be sedated with versed if it is nessasary. General anesthesia is rarely done, mostly for emergencies, for failed regionals or debilitated patients, who can not cooperate. Effects of sedatives can be reversed in newborn in rare situations where it becomes nessasary. ...Read more

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Which is better and safety : general anesthesia or regional anesthesia in c-section for IVF twin?

The best and safest: Method of anesthesia during C-section is a spinal anesthesia. General is effective, but riskier for mom and baby. ...Read more

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I had an unplanned c-section and was put under general anesthesia. Now I have a strong anxiety toward getting pregnant again. How can I get help?

I had an unplanned c-section and was put under general anesthesia. Now I have a strong anxiety toward getting pregnant again. How can I get help?

WHY?: Why were you under general anesthesia and what happened that was bad to you as a result? Was there a problem with the baby? Just because it happened once does not mean it will again. I will admit general anesthesia is not typical for a c section. Typically it is an epidural nerve block in the back or a spinal. Speak with your physician. ...Read more

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In how many percentage of cases a mother or baby died due to general anesthesia in c section.? In your practise.?

General Anes and OB: General anesthesia is used for urgent delivery and when regional anesthesia (spinal or epidural) is contraindicated. Statistically, general anesthesia is very safe, with severe complications in 1 or of 50, 000 to 1 out of 200, 000 cases. I have been in practice 37 years and have never seen a severe complication from general or regional anesthesia for delivery. ...Read more

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30/01/2018 morning my anesthesia failed to do spinal/ epidural had to go under general anesthesia for my c- section now my buttocks hurts. Is that normal? The medication for the wound is not working and I’m still in Hospital

30/01/2018 morning my anesthesia failed to do spinal/ epidural had to go under general anesthesia for my c- section now my buttocks hurts. Is that normal? The medication for the wound is not working and I’m still in Hospital

Hospital care: It is hard to know what exactly is going on. Since you are in the hospital still you have easy access to the doctors and nurses who are involved in your care. Contact your nurse and discuss your concerns. They can then contact the physician to address your concerns and make any adjustments needed in your pain control and treatment plan ...Read more

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If General anesthesia is used for a csection how do they know the patient is actually asleep and not feeling? Do they use an eeg to monitor?

Anesthesia stages: It is a deeper stage than what EEG shows. The reflex is no longer present, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing pattern, and temperature also change. There is no need to monitor EEG in general. ...Read more

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Will I get general anesthesia during pregnancy?

Will I get general anesthesia during pregnancy?

Sometimes it: Is necessary, but if possible it is avoided. Elective surgeries are postponed until after delivery. For labor, a regional technique is preferred. ...Read more

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Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

Can general anesthesia during the first month of pregnancy hurt the baby?

Depends: Anesthesia is avoided in pregnancy. Especially first three months of pregnancy, all elective procedures are avoided, and if needed for life threatening emergencies to save the life of mother is given by highly trained anesthesiologists, who had special knowledge which medication to avoid. ...Read more

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What kind of anesthetic will I get for my brow lift? General anesthesia scares me, but I'm also not sure I want to be awake during a brow lift. What are my options? .

What kind of anesthetic will I get for my brow lift? General anesthesia scares me, but I'm also not sure I want to be awake during a brow lift. What are my options? .

Talk to MD: This procedure is usually done under sedation with the use of local anesthesia. Talk to your surgeon and anesthesiologist and see what they need and expect for the surgery. Together you can come up with a plan that works for all of you. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Is general anesthesia during gallbladder surgery safe for copd patients?

Well: Depends on how severe the COPD if you can be safe you need to be evaluated pre op by anesthesia doctor ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risks of being put under general anesthesia during surgery?

Can you tell me the risks of being put under general anesthesia during surgery?

Many ;#40;small;#41;: Anesthesia complications such as airway complications ;#40;dental trauma, sore throat;#41;, pulmonary complications ;#40;pneumonia, aspiration of gastric juices;#41;, cardiovascular complications ;#40;heart attack;#41;, neurological complications ;#40;nerve injuries, etc;#41;, awake under anesthesia, IV issues, nausea. This risks are low with a heathy patient, they increase with each patient's disease;#41;. ...Read more

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Could you explain what happens during knee manipulation under general anesthesia? And does it work? What exactly is done?

Could you explain what happens during knee manipulation under general anesthesia? And does it work? What exactly is done?

Knee manipulation: Generally the surgeon moves the knee through its normal range of motion and through any restrictions while the patient is asleep and not able to resist (due to pain). If there are adhesions or scar tissue - this motion can help increase joint mobility. Post operatively it can be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is normally necessary to be given general anesthesia during wisdom tooth removal?

Neccessary: Not absolutely and more commonly it is conscious (IV) sedation more than general. You can have it done completely awake and just with local anesthesia (i do a lot of them) or you can sleep through it and remember little to nothing. Most would prefer to sleep but may not want the cost. Ask your dental provider for more details. ...Read more

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Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

Can I stop Prozac (fluoxetine) a few days before major surgery? I'm worried that withdrawal may affect general anesthesia or cause problems during the operation.

No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which isn't helpful when you're facing major surgery. If you need to be on a clear liquid diet prior to surgery, it still should be ok to take your medicines with a sip if water. However, stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) does not affect general anesthesia in any significant way. ...Read more

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How will surgeons know if I feel pain or I'm awake during general anesthesia? Is it true I'm more at risk because I'm underweight (7 stone)?

How will surgeons know if I feel pain or I'm awake during general anesthesia? Is it true I'm more at risk because I'm underweight (7 stone)?

Not really: The surgeons might not know, but your anesthesia provider will be most likely aware. We monitor your vital signs as well as potentially brain function to figure out the depth of anesthesia. Being awake during general anesthesia is an extremely uncommon event.
Being underweight should know increase your risk of awareness. ...Read more

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I heard that people usually get local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. My sister is 15 and got a general anesthesia. Why?

I heard that people usually get local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. My sister is 15 and got a general anesthesia. Why?

Some sedation: Most people actually get some form of sedation for an endoscopy. The type used actually does induce light sleep so that the patient is not troubled by the endoscope. This is why some people feel that they had a general anesthetic. If you sister was not willing to have an iv, the anesthesiologist may have had to give her a mask anesthetic to get an IV in. ...Read more

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Is general anesthesia (twilight sedation) during wisdom tooth extraction okay?

Anesthesia Choices: In conjunction with your oral surgeon, such a choice will be based on the complexity level of the procedure, your medical history and anxiety level. ...Read more

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Will the accuracy of mapping of the heart be compromised if general anesthesia is used during mapping for a pediatric atrial ablation?

Will the accuracy of mapping of the heart be compromised if general anesthesia is used during mapping for a pediatric atrial ablation?

No: The medications used will not interfere with the mapping of the heart. The general anesthetic will actually make the procedure easier since the child will not move during the procedure. ...Read more

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Sister is 15. She got general anesthesia instead of local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. It was 9 am and she got it through gas and iv. Why?

Sister is 15. She got general anesthesia instead of local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. It was 9 am and she got it through gas and iv. Why?

Sedation: Most if not all patients require some sedation for endoscopies. Usually this is accomplished by medication through an iv. Some patients, usually children, do not want an IV while they are awake, so an anesthesiologist can use gas to sedate the patient and then place an iv. The rest of the sedation will be done via the iv. Local anesthetic alone is not usually effective. ...Read more

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Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

Does general anesthesia have long term affects?

Possible: Many variables. Your age at the time, the reason for the anaesthesia, and most importantly the length of the anaesthesia are all factors that may cause long term affects. Also have to consider your vitals during the anaesthesia and especially oxygenation. Overall though anaesthesia is much safer today than ever. ...Read more

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How much does general anesthesia for a procedure cost?

Varies: It varies based on type of surgery, type of anesthesia and length of procedure. If you are paying for the surgery yourself on a cash basis, be sure to negotiate fees in advance. ...Read more

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How much does general anesthesia cost for a procedure?

Anesthesia units: Any anesthesia cost is calculated in 15 min units, as an average the cost is between $200-300.00 per unit, plus an addition of a couple units for preop assessment, as an average cost for 1 hour case would be $1200 to 1500.00. ...Read more

Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more