you have been in labor with an epidural and need a Cesarean section,
additional local anesthesia can usually be added to provide the
numbness needed to perform the operation.
If you are having
a scheduled Cesarean section, or if a C-section becomes necessary
during labor without an epidural already in place, spinal anesthesia
is often the preferred choice. After numbing a small area of skin
on your lower back, a very small needle is placed into the sack
of spinal fluid and local anesthesia is injected to block pain sensation
from reaching your brain. Spinal anesthesia takes effect faster
than an epidural and is slightly more reliable in providing all
the numbness needed.
epidural or spinal for C-section, we often inject a medication called
Duramorph (specially prepared morphine) through the needle or catheter
to provide up to 24 hours of good pain relief after the operation.
for C-section, where you are totally asleep and unaware, is usually
reserved for conditions where the baby needs to be delivered as
rapidly as possible, or the mother has some medical reason why epidural
or spinal is inappropriate.