Published: 2018-03-21

Spinal anesthesia in laparoscopy for infertility

Dushyant M. Nijhawan, Manisha C. Shembekar, Jayshree J. Upadhye


Background: Spinal anesthesia in laparoscopy for infertility is coming up as a safe and effective alternative to general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation. This retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of spinal anesthesia in laparoscopy for infertility.

Methods: In this retrospective observational study, a total of 100 patients had laparoscopic procedure done during the period January 2017 to December 2017 and were included in the study. Laparoscopic surgeries were performed under general anesthesia.

Results: In our study of 60 patients, 30 (50%) patients underwent diagnostic laparoscopy and 30 (50%) patients underwent operative laparoscopy. Additional analgesia was required in 20 (33.33%) of patients. These patients either had longer operative time for more lengthy procedures or were more anxious. 55 (91.66%) patients were discharged from the hospital in less than 12 hours, 1 (1.66%) patient was discharged within 24 hours while 4 (6.66%) patients were discharged after 24 hours in whom lengthy procedures were performed. Post spinal headache was seen in 22 (36.33%) patients, nausea and vomiting in 20 (33.33%) patients, hypotension in 18 (30%) patients. Conversion to general anesthesia was needed in 3 (5%) patients due to longer operative time.

Conclusions: Spinal anesthesia in laparoscopy for infertility is a safe and effective alternative to general anesthesia with endotracheal intubation.


Infertility, Laparoscopy, Spinal anesthesia

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