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Why pain relief different for any operation

(7 Posts)
Elkalv Thu 29-Jun-17 00:30:20

Is it just me but I find it strange that no one will offer you tens machine or water pool when you get your appendix removed for example. Why in labor it's normal?

chelle85 Thu 29-Jun-17 00:41:47

Because they are surgical procedures...ypi wouldn't get a caesarean in a water pool or with a tens machine!

toffee1000 Thu 29-Jun-17 00:43:19

Err, you can't exactly be in a water pool when you're getting your appendix removed!! hmm How on Earth would the surgeon be able to operate in a great pool of water???
Most operations involve being opened with a knife. Most pain relief methods used in labour only, ahem, alleviate the pain rather than remove/numb it completely like anaesthetics.

catsofa Thu 29-Jun-17 00:57:32

You can't have any of the really good stuff in labour because most of it can either harm the baby or interfere with labour.

GreenGoblin0 Thu 29-Jun-17 04:47:17

Is it just me but I find it strange's just you...

calimommy Thu 29-Jun-17 06:01:53

Labour is something the body is meant to do. Having your appendix removed is not a natural thing for the body to do. There's no way it can happen without artificial intervention. You can't compare surgery with labour.

Sparklyuggs Thu 29-Jun-17 07:24:58

OP it's because childbirth isn't (generally) surgery. If they suspected you would need a c-section then you won't be allowed in the birthing pool at our hospital.

Also a lot of the drugs could pass through the placenta to the baby.

However there's something to the difference in recovery from a c-section to other abdominal surgery, but that's another thread.

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