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Anesthesia | Will Spinal or Epidural Anesthesia Put Me to Sleep?

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Spinal AnesthesiaWill I be awake if I have spinal or epidural anesthesia?

Spinal or epidural anesthesia does not put you to sleep per se, but your state of consciousness during surgery will depend on what sedation the anesthetist gives you. You could be wide awake, awake but relaxed, in a light sleep, or in a deep sleep.

If you will be awake but relaxed, known as minimal sedation, you will likely be given a small dose of Versed or Valium, anti-axiety medications, so that you won't be nervous.

The next stage, moderate sedation or conscious sedation, also uses anti-anxiety medications but you may also be given a narcotic or Propofol. You will be able to follow commands in this state, but you aren't likely to remember anything.

For deep sedation, a higher dose of the meds used for conscious sedation are used. You will appear asleep and will still be breathing on your own.

If you plan to have spinal or epidural anesthesia, it is a good idea to discuss your wishes and concerns with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Most often, patients under spinal or epidural anesthesia are not aware of what's going on, but you and your doctors can determine what state of consciousness is best for you.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-14-2014 - 03:51 PM


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