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

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

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. ...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


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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?

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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Sole feet after my surgery, is there any relation between sole pain and c-section using spinal anesthesia?

Sole feet after my surgery, is there any relation between sole pain and c-section using spinal anesthesia?

Maybe: Your feet could be sore because they were in one position during the surgery, and you didn't feel it because of the epidural. Should be better in a few days. If you're still in the hospital, ask the nurse if you can speak With the anesthesia staff. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How does anesthesia during cesarean section block out pain? Will I feel anything?

How does anesthesia during cesarean section block out pain? Will I feel anything?

General or regional: Epidural and spinal anesthesia block hte nerves going to the abdominal muscles and uterus, so you feel no pain, although you may feel a some pressure. You are unconscous when you undergo general anesthesia, so you don't feel anything, but you are also not awake when the baby is born. ...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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C section 2 mnths ago. Spinal anesthesia and voltarene injections in left thigh. Since then numbness in skin and pain when press the area. Inflamation?

C section 2 mnths ago. Spinal anesthesia and voltarene injections in left thigh. Since then numbness in skin and pain when press the area. Inflamation?

Minor trauma: This is probably mild injury to the superficial nerve in the thigh from either the injections or possibly from the C-section itself. Inflammation suggests an infection which is unlikely. This should improve eventually but could take several months. ...Read more

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How come a mother who undergoes cesarean section may have spinal cord injury and brain injury?

How come a mother who undergoes cesarean section may have spinal cord injury and brain injury?

Blod Clot: A blod clot to the brain and or spinal cord is always a risk with surgery although uncommon. Pregnancy itself increases the risk for clotting. Sounds like an unfortunate event. ...Read more

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Which anaesthesia general or spinal is better for C-section in a pt with heart disease?

Which anaesthesia general or spinal is better for C-section in a pt with heart disease?

Depends: Usually, spinal anesthetic is better for C-section because a full term woman has airway risks when trying to place a breathing tube for general anesthesia. Both spinal and general can drop blood pressure and put stress on the heart. If the heart disease involves a large hole (like vsd), you would need a thorough cardiac medical eval. Good luck. Hopefully all turns up well. ...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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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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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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In case of an emergency c section, do I have the right to choose my anesthesia?

In case of an emergency c section, do I have the right to choose my anesthesia?

Great question: It depends on the true nature of the emergency. If you already have an epidural in place that is working well it can often be used during an emergency. However when time is of the essence, and the baby or mom are at risk, general anesthesia is the fastest way to get a distressed baby out and cared for. Please rely on the expertise of your obstetrician and anesthesiologist to make the best choice. ...Read more

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How long does anesthesia complications associated with C-section complications last?

Need more info: Do you currently have a complication? Although complications are rare, there are many possibilities. A headache from the placement of the epidural; a reaction to one of the meds used-and there are varying reactions/side effects. Numbness in the legs from positioning or from a nerve that was injured during the anesthetic. And then there are the complications from the surgery. ...Read more

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What's the difference in anesthesia used for colonoscopy and that used in c section? If the patient was put to sleep for c section.

Sedation vs.: anesthesia. A person is only sedated for colonoscopy and does not lose consciousness as is the case with anesthesia. Anesthesia can be used for colonoscopy, though it is not needed. C-section requires anesthesia and cannot be done by sedation alone. ...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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Whati to expect during c-section? Its my 2nd, im 37weeks pregnant &im nervous this time. My 1st was epidurial anesthesia, felt breathless that time, wtd?

Whati to expect during c-section? Its my 2nd, im 37weeks pregnant &im nervous this time. My 1st was epidurial anesthesia, felt breathless that time, wtd?

Caesarian: If this is a planned c/s, request a spinal. If you don't have allergy to morphine, request morphine in your spinal. Yes, expect dome breathless moments, especially with exterior inaction of the uterus. If your anaesthesiologist prop you up on 2 pillows, you will have less chance of feeling bresthless. ...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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When a pregnant woman has a c-section, is she able to be awake during a major surgery, and not under anesthesia. Or am I missing something?

The safer way to: Perform an elective non-emergent c-section is by spinal anesthesia. The block will be place just before the surgery start. The obstetrician and anesthesiologist will check spinal is working well. Surgery will start and patient will be awake without feeling pain. Baby deliver and mother will see her baby with the husband at the operating room. ...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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Can arachnoiditis be caused from a previous spinal anesthesia during a c-section? Have chronic back pain since. Pregnant again and scared for spinal

Can arachnoiditis be caused from a previous spinal anesthesia during a c-section? Have chronic back pain since. Pregnant again and scared for spinal

Varies: Arachnoiditis is a scarring that occurs inside the dural sac often associated with a clumping if the nerve roots and chronic pain. It.would seem fairly unlikely to occur from a spinal, but it can occur in theory from any intervention into the spine. ...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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Hello doctor my son had lack of oxygene during birth (c-section)what might have caused this problem it can be the anesthesia I had a very normal preg?

Hello doctor my son had lack of oxygene during birth (c-section)what might have caused this problem it can be the anesthesia I had a very normal preg?

Confusing question: You don't detail the problem you are asking about. Since the implication is familiar I'll respond about cerebral palsy.In the 80's research showed that more than half of kids with CP (movement and posture disorder related to brain injury) had normal pregnancy, labor and delivery. A thorough review of your records might help understand the cause of your problem, but there is not enough here to do so ...Read more

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How can I exercise after a cesarean section?

How can I exercise after a cesarean section?

Carefully.: After 3-6 weeks have passed from your cesarean section (and if ok with your doctor) you may start working out slowly with swimming, treadmill, or stationary bike. Don't overdo it, though - 30-45 minutes 4-5 times/week suffice. Depending on your prior habits, you may further increase this regimen back to your baseline within 3-6 months after the c-section. Avoid heavy lifting! ...Read more

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Is it ok to smoke after 3 weeks on cesarean section?

Is it ok to smoke after 3 weeks on cesarean section?

Not really: Smoking will delay your healing--plus this is a good time to just quit. Your baby will be healthier for it, too. ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Cesarean Section (Definition)

Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed life-saving surgery in obstetrics; it involves safe delivery of the fetus (es) via an incision on the lower abdomen of the pregnant woman, thus ...Read more