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Anaesthesia

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Epidurals and childbirth

Regional anaesthesia (epidural, combined spinal-epidural or spinal) is used in approximately one third of labouring women.

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Spinal and epidural block

The terms “regional anaesthesia" “spinal block" and “epidural block" are often used interchangeably. This is incorrect. Both spinal and epidural block are subsets of regional anesthetic

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Duration of Anaesthesia

How long will the local anaesthetic effect last? This depends on the type of local anaesthetic used and the region of the body into which it is injected.

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Anaesthesia and the elderly - ANZCA

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Smoking and anaesthesia - ANZCA

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Breastfeeding and anaesthesia | Australian Breastfeeding Association

It is usually possible to continue breastfeeding if you or your baby need to have a surgery. It is important to discuss with the surgeon and anaesthetist when it is safe to begin breastfeeding again after surgery.

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Risks and complications

While Australia and New Zealand are among the safest nations in the world in which to have anaesthesia, receiving multiple medications and altering normal human body function carries risks, some of which may be potentially life threatening.

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Fasting - ANZCA

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Obesity - ANZCA

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Regurgitation and aspiration - ANZCA

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