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Myomectomy Anesthesia

During a myomectomy, anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure. General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep, while spinal anesthesia keeps you conscious throughout the procedure by only numbing a region of the body. Tell your healthcare provider about any allergies that you have prior to receiving anesthesia. Although uncommon, there are risks and side effects associated with myomectomy anesthesia.

Myomectomy Anesthesia: An Overview

Anesthesia is used to eliminate the pain felt during a myomectomy. The two most common types of myomectomy anesthesia are spinal and general anesthesia. You will be given one of these two types.
Spinal Anesthesia
With spinal anesthesia, your anesthesiologist will inject medicine into your lower back. This will cause you to feel numb, usually from the base of your rib cage down. To make the placement of the needle easier, you will be asked to either lie on your side curled up or to sit on the side of the table hunched forward. During the myomectomy, you will also receive medicine that makes you feel relaxed or sleepy. Although the spinal anesthesia will take away all sensation of pain, you might still feel some pressure and movement during the procedure.
General Anesthesia
General anesthesia puts you into a deep sleep so that you do not feel any pain, pressure, or movement during the procedure. In order to do this, you will first be asked to breathe through an oxygen mask. Then you will be given medications through your IV, which will cause you to feel pleasantly relaxed, helping you to quickly drift off to sleep. After you are in a deep sleep, a breathing tube will be placed into your windpipe to assist with your breathing throughout the operation. Your anesthesia care team will give you other medications as required during your procedure through your IV.

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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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