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What type of anesthesia is used for a D&C?

 

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Most D&Cs are done under general anesthesia. The procedure is typically very short, and the general anesthetic can be quickly reversed, with the patient going home later the same day. Some patients prefer or require spinal or epidural blocks, but these forms of anesthesia take more time for the anesthesiologist to perform and require more recovery time for the patient. Occasionally, in a very motivated patient, the procedure can be done under a local anesthetic with or without intravenous pain medication or twilight sleep.

Overall, the choice of anesthetic is generally determined by the anesthesiologist and the patient. The surgeon performing the procedure only requires that the patient not move during the surgery.

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