Cesarean Section Anesthesia
Another option for cesarean section anesthesia is general anesthesia. This type of anesthesia can affect the baby, so spinal and epidural blocks are the preferred methods for planned cesarean sections. General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep so that you do not feel any pain, pressure, or movement during the cesarean section. In order to do this, you will first be asked to breathe through an oxygen mask. After you are in a deep sleep, a breathing tube will be placed into your windpipe to assist with your breathing throughout the operation. Throughout the cesarean section, your anesthesiologist and anesthesia care team will give you anesthesia and other medications, as required, through your IV and/or through your breathing tube.
You will talk to an anesthesia care provider before the cesarean section. If you have any questions, or if want to know more about your anesthesia options and the risks and complications associated with them, you will be able to ask questions at this meeting.
There are risks and potential side effects of both general and regional anesthesia. It is important that you talk with your anesthesiologist before the cesarean section. Be sure to tell him or her about any allergies or health conditions you have. This will help your anesthesia care team know how to take care of you during the procedure and if you will need any special attention.