What are the American Society of Anesthesiologists guidelines on anesthetic choice for postpartum tubal sterilization?

Updated: Jun 18, 2018
  • Author: Nan G O'Connell, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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The American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Obstetric Anesthesia published recommendations for anesthetic choice for postpartum sterilization in their Practice Guidelines for Obstetric Anesthesia. [16] In most patients, tubal sterilization can be performed safely within 48 hours of delivery, either by epidural, spinal, or general anesthesia.

Overall, the timing of the procedure and the choice of anesthetic route is influenced by the presence of a functioning epidural, recent food ingestion, and opioid administration, among other factors. [17]

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