Epidural anesthesia is the most popular and best known method of anesthesia for pain relief during labor. What you can expect from the anesthesia and whether it is recommended for everyone, explains Dr. spec. Slavica Vasiljevic, a gynecologist obstetrician from the clinics “Merida”.
What is an epidural anesthesia?
An epidural is given by the anesthetist in the area of the lower spine. You will have to be in a lying or sitting position, completely calm. Before that, a catheter will be inserted in the sterilized area, like in any other surgical procedure; you will receive a local anesthetic to reduce pain during puncture in the epidural spine. The anesthetic will be injected periodically through the catheter during the delivery. Depending on the dose of anesthetic used, there will be anesthesia (complete motor and sensory blockade) or analgesia (preserved motor skills, sense of feeling is significantly reduced, but still present).
Advantages of epidural anesthesia
– Reduction of unpleasant pain during childbirth.
– If you choose to have a caesarean the epidural anesthesia will relieve pain during the procedure, but also afterwards, during recovery.
– If the childbirth is long and hard and the woman who is giving birth is dog-tired then the epidural anesthesia can jump in and help the pregnant woman compose herself and actively finish with the delivery of the baby.
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