Spinal anesthesia is used in the labor and delivery unit, most commonly for a cesarean section. The shortcoming of spinal anesthesia is that it is time-limited, so we don’t use it for Labor analgesia because it is difficult to predict how long labor will take. Most spinal anesthetics will wear off within three hours. So if you have a scheduled c-section, or you have not had any prior anesthesia, such as an epidural placed, your anesthesia team may opt for a spinal anesthetic as the mechanism to keep you comfortable during the cesarean delivery.

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Dr. Rafael Cartagena is an anesthesiologist in Richmond, Virginia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Henrico Doctors' Hospital and Southside Regional Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and... Read More