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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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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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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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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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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?

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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General anesthesia - how safe is it for a 4 year old?

General anesthesia - how safe is it for a 4 year old?

There are risks: There are always risks with any procedure, be it surgical, dental, or anesthetic. You should have a discussion with the anesthesiologist who is doing the procedure, so they can clearly define the risks and benefits. At this point you will be able to make an informed addition that is best for your child. General anesthesia for a child is very safe. ...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