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Best form of pain relief during a cesarean section: Epidural or Spinal?

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09/12/14

Both a spinal and an epidural are effect forms of pain relief for a c-section. Generally a spinal is only used for planned c-section or an emergency c-section when the mom doesn't already have an epidural. A spinal is effective right after it is given, it generally last for 1-3 hours only. A epidural can take up to 45 minutes to take full effect and an epidural can last for many hours, even days. With an epidural a catheter remains in your back and a constant flow of medication will keep you pain free. A spinal does not leave a catheter in your back and the medication is put in during an injection. Each has risks and benefits for you and your doctor will be able to discuss your options for your specific birth.

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