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1. Who’s in charge of my anesthetic?
2. What does my anesthesiologist do during surgery?
3. How risky is anesthesia?
4. Why can’t I eat and drink before anesthesia?
5. What kind of anesthesia will I have?
6. What is a general anesthetic? What are the side effects and possible complications?
7. What is regional anesthesia?
8. What is a spinal anesthetic? What are the side effects and possible complications?
9. What is an epidural anesthetic? What are the side effects and possible complications?
10. What is a local anesthetic? What are the side effects and possible complications?
11. Can I get a preoperative sedative before I go to surgery?


Commonly Asked Questions About Pain Relief in Labor and Delivery
12. What are my possible options for pain relief during labor and delivery?
13. Who performs spinal and epidural anesthesia?
14. What is an epidural anesthetic?
15. How is an epidural catheter placed?
16. What kind of pain relief can I expect from an epidural anesthetic?
17. Will an epidural slow my labor?
18. Will an epidural increase my chances of needing a C-section?
19. What is a spinal anesthetic?
20. What are the most common side-effects of epidural and spinal anesthesia?
21. What are the possible complications of epidural and spinal anesthesia?

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