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Is it possible to have emergency C-section without anesthesia?

Is it possible to have emergency C-section without anesthesia?

Difficult: It's possible but realistically there is always local anesthesia available along with other meds which can be given quickly to help in an emergency. Truly emergent c-sections have been done with nothing (bad idea...), with IV meds (ketamine, versed, etc), or local injection (lidocaine, marcaine...Doesn't really work well either). If anesthesia isn't available (rare) it is possible but painful. ...Read more

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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


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Is it safe to have a csection if you suffer from svt. Is the epidural safe?

Is it safe to have a csection  if you suffer from svt. Is the epidural safe?

Probably: Cardiac issues are challenging during pregnancy. It really takes a team, including OB, anesthesia. cardiology and often a maternal-fetal-medicine physician. Fortunately, SVT is a relatively minor issue and can be treated effectively, quickly, if it occurs. You may want to have a discussion with your OB and cardiologist about what to expect. After delivery, consider ablation if it is offered. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a hysterectomy, rectocele/cystocele repair all under spinal anesthesia?

Is it possible to have  a hysterectomy, rectocele/cystocele repair  all  under spinal anesthesia?

Yes: This operation is low enough down in the abdomen that it can be done with spinal anesthesia. You will probably receive some IV sedation to help you relax during the case. Discuss your requests for anesthesia with your anesthesiologist before the operation. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have fibroids removed surgically, and give birth vaginally without complications?

Is it possible to have fibroids removed surgically, and give birth vaginally without complications?

Yes: The ability to have a vaginal birth after surgery for a fibroid (myomectomy), depends on the size and location of the fibroid that is removed, discuss this with your doctor before surgery. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Help! Is it possible to have general anaesthetic without a needle?

Yes: Although an IV is typical, you could be put to sleep without one. If the surgery requires it, one could be inserted after you are asleep. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have emergency circumcisions?

Is it possible to have emergency circumcisions?

Circumcision: Circumcision would only be done on an urgent basis if paraphimosis was present. This happens when the foreskin gets trapped in the rolled back position and swells to the point of compromising the glans penis circulation. Sometimes a dorsal slit is done as a temporary relief to the strangulation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have medical abortion after experiencing 1 year c-section? If i will do this procedure, whats the risk and percentage to be successful?

Is it safe to have medical abortion after experiencing 1 year c-section? If i will do this procedure, whats the risk and percentage to be successful?

Yes: It is safe. Success rate depends on how far along in pregnancy. Risks would be same for any other medical termination. Surgical termination relatively soon after csection may increase risk of uterine perforation but 1 year is not super close ...Read more

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Is it possible to have IUD removal during a non-gyn emergency?

Is it possible to have IUD removal during a non-gyn emergency?

No: EM physicians will not generally do elective procedures like IUD removal in the ED. There are just too many patients and too many unknowns in the waiting room coming in via EMS to do something like that. However, if you go to a small ED at a time when there are few patients, the doc MAY do it for you, but I wouldn't plan on it. ...Read more

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Since an epidural is too risky for water birth, is it possible to have pain meds through an IV if you're giving a water birth? Or is that risky also?

Since an epidural is too risky for water birth, is it possible to have pain meds through an IV if you're giving a water birth?  Or is that risky also?

Water birth: You can have IV pain meds during a water birth, but IV pain meds are not as ideal for the baby as they do cross the placenta and can affect the baby with sedation, decreased respiratory effort, decreased feeding, etc. Would talk to your OB about what is most important in your birth plan - is it the water birth, pain control, possible affect on infant etc, and then plan based on those priorities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a vaginal delivery after a previous c-section?

Is it possible to have a vaginal delivery after a previous c-section?

VBAC: It is and is often a great option! there are limitations and various reasons why a vaginal birth after c/s would be dangerous. If you are interested in vbac then you should share your desire with your provider to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

If I have fast pregnancies, is it possible to schedule induced labor to reduce complications from precipitous delivery.

Sure - talk to OBGYN: Precipitous labor and deliveries in your past make the request for elective labor induction at 39-40 weeks completely reasonable and legitimate. Talk to your obstetrician to see if that can be arranged; if not, seek second opinion. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

Is it possible to have knee surgery with just epidural anesthesia?

Yes. Done quite com-: Monly. Talk to your surgeon and the anesthetist about you wanting it. Good luck and happy holidays. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have complications during csection and could I claim compo?

Is it possible to have complications during csection and could I claim compo?

Difficult...: Its difficult to get compensation for complications that happen during a c/section because most of the time, they are known risks of the procedure. In other words, if your doctor does everything right but you still get an infection, for example, that is a known risk of the surgery and really isn't the doctor's fault. You have to prove the doctor was negligent, but that is not usually the case. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a vaginal birth after having 2 c sections. I am very keen to have a natural birth.

Yes,but: The best answer can be rendered by the physicians who know you best. Your prior c/s may have detected problems with your uterus or left scaring that could lead to a catastrophic uterine rupture if your uterus & pelvis are not suitable for labor. Delivery in a facility capable of switching from natural to cs should a problem arise is important. ...Read more

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