Cesarean Section Anesthesia
There are a few different types of cesarean section anesthesia, such as an epidural block, spinal anesthesia, and general anesthesia. Epidural and spinal blocks are the most common methods, especially for planned cesarean sections. The cesarean section anesthesia that is used for you will depend on various factors, which your healthcare provider explains to you before the procedure.
Anesthesia is a type of medicine that keeps you from feeling pain during a procedure. For a cesarean section, spinal and epidural blocks are the most commonly used anesthetics, but general anesthesia is sometimes necessary. The kind of cesarean section anesthesia that will be used for your delivery will depend on several things, including your health and your baby's health.
The three types of ansethesia that may be used for a cesarean section include:
Epidural and Spinal Blocks
Epidural and spinal blocks are regional anesthetics, which means that they block pain and other sensations over a large part of your body, but not all of it. Both usually cause complete loss of sensation in the lower part of your body.
For an epidural block, your lower back is washed with a special disinfectant solution. Then the anesthesiologist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area of insertion. A tiny, flexible, plastic tube, called an epidural catheter, is inserted into your lower back and taped into position. The anesthetic can be injected through the catheter whenever you need it.
Spinal anesthesia is given by injecting a small dose of medication, through a syringe, into your lower back. A spinal block will often take effect more quickly than an epidural block, but it may not last as long.