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Is a cesarean delivery always performed under general anesthesia?

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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
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In brief: C-section

No It can be performed with spinal anesthesia as well Local anesthesia is possible but more painful

In brief: C-section

No It can be performed with spinal anesthesia as well Local anesthesia is possible but more painful
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Dr. Evans Crevecoeur
Local anesthesia for cesarean section is almost never done unless it is an extreme emergency with no anesthesia provider around the premises. In addition to spinal anesthesia, a cesarean section can also be done under epidural anesthesia which is different than spinal anesthesia
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Not usually -

For elective cesarean sections regional (spinal) anesthesia is often discussed as a first choice.
If parturient has a good working epidural catheter for labor pain, that can be used for surgery also. General anesthesia is reserved for emergencies, certain medical conditions and when patient refuses regional anesthesia after in depth discussion of all the pros and cons. Hope that helps.

In brief: Not usually -

For elective cesarean sections regional (spinal) anesthesia is often discussed as a first choice.
If parturient has a good working epidural catheter for labor pain, that can be used for surgery also. General anesthesia is reserved for emergencies, certain medical conditions and when patient refuses regional anesthesia after in depth discussion of all the pros and cons. Hope that helps.
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