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Obstetric Anesthesia

Most women start  with the noble intention of having
childbirth the "natural" way, without any anesthesia.  
Invariably the pain of labor becomes too overwhelming
and most request some for of anesthsia.  Here are some
information to help you decide the best anesthesia for
you and your baby.

Lifeline to Modern Medicine Official guidelines from the

Practice Guidelines  A lengthy paper that formed the
basis of the ASA guidelines.  

SOAP  Information from the Society of Obstetric
Anesthesia and Perinatology.


Tutorial Lumbar Epidural
Anesthesia for Bariatric Surgery

As the population gets more affluent, more people
struggle with obesity.  About two-thirds of Americans are
now considered overweight.  Here are some information
if you are going to have bariatric surgery to reduce your
weight.  Also take a look at our
sleep apnea page for
this common comorbidity.

Anesthetic Aspects of Bariatric Surgery  From the ASA

BMI calculator  A Body Mass Index calculator to
determine if you are obese.  From the NIH

Anesthetic Considerations for Bariatric Surgery.  A
comprehensive paper on the issues of anesthesia in
obese patients.  
Anesthesia & Analgesia

Gastric Bypass Surgery  Information from the Mayo


Bariatric Surgery and Anesthesia  Educational video
from the ASA.

Awake Fiberoptic Intubation  See how an
anesthesiologist may put an endotracheal tube in before
putting you to sleep.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery  Animated video of
gastric bypass.  Less gruesome and distracting to watch
than some of the live videos that are available.
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