If your baby needs to be delivered quickly due to an emergency situation or if epidural or spinal anesthesia is not adequate, general anesthesia may be necessary.
If an epidural catheter is already in place and you require a Cesarean section, you will simply receive a stronger dose of local anesthetic through your catheter. If you are scheduled for an elective Cesarean delivery or if a Cesarean delivery becomes necessary before you have epidural or spinal pain relief, four options are available:
- epidural anesthesia
- spinal anesthesia
- combined spinal-epidural anesthesia or
- general anesthesia (read more)
After a Cesarean you will routinely receive a medication called Duramorph through your epidural catheter that will give you pain relief for more than 24 hours. You may also get medication to control your pain through your IV or by mouth.