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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?

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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually No

Any medications given to mother can potentially harmfully affect the infant.
For this reason sedatives are not usually given to mother before c-section. The use of general anesthesia is considered less safe than regional anesthesia for the mother.

In brief: Usually No

Any medications given to mother can potentially harmfully affect the infant.
For this reason sedatives are not usually given to mother before c-section. The use of general anesthesia is considered less safe than regional anesthesia for the mother.
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Sedatives can be given and cause no harm. In rare cases if nessasary effects of sedatives can be reversed in newborn.
Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology

In brief: You can safely

Have a general anesthetic if you want for a cesarean section.
If you take the sedative versed it will probably block your memory of the birth.

In brief: You can safely

Have a general anesthetic if you want for a cesarean section.
If you take the sedative versed it will probably block your memory of the birth.
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Dr. Travis Taylor
Anesthesiology

In brief: Sedatives

In general any sedative before c-section is not a good idea as it can theoretically worsen your baby's chances of transitioning to life outside the womb without a problem. General anesthesia in a pregnant woman has its problems also, spinal is definitely the more highly recommended route.
Your best bet is to have a good support system with you and to not work yourself up by whatever method works.

In brief: Sedatives

In general any sedative before c-section is not a good idea as it can theoretically worsen your baby's chances of transitioning to life outside the womb without a problem. General anesthesia in a pregnant woman has its problems also, spinal is definitely the more highly recommended route.
Your best bet is to have a good support system with you and to not work yourself up by whatever method works.
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Dr. Thomas Oliverson
Anesthesiology

In brief: General anesthesia

For c-section is potentially dangerous for mom and baby and should only be used in an emergency or as a last resort.
This is because changes in mom's airway occur with pregnancy, and are significant by the time she is ready to deliver. Mild sedation can be given with a spinal, but cautiously, because many of these drugs cross the placenta and affect the baby.

In brief: General anesthesia

For c-section is potentially dangerous for mom and baby and should only be used in an emergency or as a last resort.
This is because changes in mom's airway occur with pregnancy, and are significant by the time she is ready to deliver. Mild sedation can be given with a spinal, but cautiously, because many of these drugs cross the placenta and affect the baby.
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