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Doctor insights on: General Anesthesia Vs Epidural For C Section

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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

Dr. Austina Cho
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...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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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

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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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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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Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

Regional: An epidural block refers to either anesthesia or analgesia. The later is used for pain control for labo, after surgery, renal stones or other pain conditions. The former is used for surgery itself. The difference is the strength of the local anesthetic used for the block. The stronger the dose the more numb you become. ...Read more

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If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

Not really: There are much simpler options such as using injections of 'numbing' medication around the nerve, sedation, or even a spinal. For this minor procedure, an epidural can be used however it may be riskier than other options. ...Read more

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Supposing I'm allergic to general anesthesia, am I also allergic to an epidural?

Supposing I'm allergic to general anesthesia, am I also allergic to an epidural?

Anyone can have GA: You may have had a reaction to one of the many medications that can be used as part of general anesthesia. But we can tailor general anesthesia for anyone safely by choosing different medications. Anyone can have ga. Your previous reaction (what was it?) doesn't mean that you can't have an epidural. Consult a physician anesthesiologist for more info. ...Read more

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What happens if im allergic to general anesthesia am I also allergic to an epidural?

Not necessary: General anesthesia is the administration of general anesthetic agents that make a person unconscious. It’s achieved with certain medicines that put you into a deep sleep. Just for your information, variety of the different drugs combination is available and the procedure relatively safe.
An epidural is an anesthetic (lidocaine) delivered through a small tube into an epidural space. ...Read more

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What happens if I'm allergic to general anesthesia am I also allergic to an epidural?

What happens if I'm allergic to general anesthesia am I also allergic to an epidural?

No: No one is allergic to all medications used in general anesthesia. Have a consultation with a physician anesthesiologist who can help you find out which medications are a problem for you and which ones aren't. The local anesthetics (numbing medications) used in epidurals should not be any problem for you. It's important to sort this out in case you ever need emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Help, I can't stand the pain of shots in my toes. If general anesthesia isn't possible for toenail removal, what about an epidural?

If your aversion: Is hat bad you can have IV sedation. Once sedated, the foot doctor could give local anesthesia as you would be out if it and the procedure could be done. ...Read more

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What to expect for epidural or general anesthesia?

Please clarify: These are too broad of topics to be answered in 400 characters. Can you narrow your focus or rephrase your question? ...Read more

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Is it common for hospitals to give epidurals or general anesthesia for knee surgery?

Is it common for hospitals to give epidurals or general anesthesia for knee surgery?

Yes: The regional anesthetic has a protective effect on the formation of blood clots after surgery. There is also the ability to immediately exercise the knee though a range of motion while still getting pain medication. This allows an improved outcome after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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


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