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How does anesthesia during cesarean section block out pain? Will I feel anything?
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Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rita Agarwal
Dr. Rita Agarwal
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5 doctors agree
In brief: Spinal anesthesia
The normal method of inducing anesthesia for a c-section is spinal anesthesia.
It's a way to numb the lower half of your body without exposing the baby to a dose of drugs he/she doesn't need. Sometimes, general anesthesia is required, but that's not preferred since some of the drugs go to the baby. If you already have a working epidural in place, they can use that.

In brief: Spinal anesthesia
The normal method of inducing anesthesia for a c-section is spinal anesthesia.
It's a way to numb the lower half of your body without exposing the baby to a dose of drugs he/she doesn't need. Sometimes, general anesthesia is required, but that's not preferred since some of the drugs go to the baby. If you already have a working epidural in place, they can use that.
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Nerves are blocked
Most c-sections are done under regional anesthesia such as a spinal or epidural.
Local anesthesia like Lidocaine is injected into the proper space between the backbones, and it blocks the nerves in the abdomen and legs--both sensation and movement are blocked. You may feel pressure and pulling as the baby is delivered, but you will not feel pain. Talk to the anesthesiologist before your c-section.

In brief: Nerves are blocked
Most c-sections are done under regional anesthesia such as a spinal or epidural.
Local anesthesia like Lidocaine is injected into the proper space between the backbones, and it blocks the nerves in the abdomen and legs--both sensation and movement are blocked. You may feel pressure and pulling as the baby is delivered, but you will not feel pain. Talk to the anesthesiologist before your c-section.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Touch-pressure.
Spinal and epidural anesthesia completely block any pain sensation from the lower half of your body - although you will still feel touching, wetness and stretching/pressure (without any pain).

In brief: Touch-pressure.
Spinal and epidural anesthesia completely block any pain sensation from the lower half of your body - although you will still feel touching, wetness and stretching/pressure (without any pain).
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See below
The usual technique for a c-section is to do a spinal or epidural anesthetic.
The local anesthetic used in these procedures interrupt the ability for nerve fibers to send signal to your brain. Hence they cannot send pain impulses. You will feel pressure and some pulling, but no pain.

In brief: See below
The usual technique for a c-section is to do a spinal or epidural anesthetic.
The local anesthetic used in these procedures interrupt the ability for nerve fibers to send signal to your brain. Hence they cannot send pain impulses. You will feel pressure and some pulling, but no pain.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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