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Is epidural anesthesia also used in case of C-section?

By Zaira Salvador B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/07/2019

Yes, although a combination of epidural and spinal anesthesia is usually used, since the latter has a much faster effect when introduced directly into the spinal fluid. Furthermore, it is not necessary to puncture the woman twice, since with the same puncture both types of anesthesia can be introduced.

The woman will be conscious at all times, but will be paralyzed from the navel down for approximately 2 hours.

 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.