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Anesthesia Consultation

The Department of Anesthesiology at Howard County General Hospital is pleased to offer consultations to obstetric patients before delivery, to ensure a safe anesthesia plan is in place for your baby’s arrival. Patients who should consider having an anesthesia consultation include:

  • Patients with a personal or family history of a severe reaction to any type of anesthesia (particularly those with a personal or family history of malignant hyperthermia).
  • Patients with a history of problems with the brain or spinal cord, including but not limited to prior back surgery; severe back pain with associated numbness, weakness or severe pain involving arms or legs; tumor involving the brain or spine; or neuromuscular disease, such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis.
  • Patients with a history of cardiac problems, including but not limited to problems with heart rhythm, decreased heart function or problems with heart valves (murmurs).
  • Patients with a history of problems with excessive bleeding, low platelets (a component of blood that helps with blood clotting), an increased tendency to make blood clots (including deep vein thrombosis [DVT] or pulmonary embolism [PE]), or any patient on blood thinning medication (such as Lovenox or heparin).
  • Patients with a history of substance use, including those on methadone or Suboxone therapy.

You can request an appointment for obstetric anesthesia consultation by calling 410-730-0099, or online at If you are unsure as to whether or not you should have a consultation with us, please discuss with your obstetrician first.

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