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Does epidural anesthesia hurt > help?

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Dr. Brian Siegel answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Epidural anesthesia can reduce surgery related comlpications and enhance post operative pain management.

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Dr. Karen Sibert answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

Definitely helps more than it hurts! epidurals can be wonderful to help with labor pain and provide safe anesthesia for c-sections. Epidural steroids can help a lot with back pain. Epidurals can also be great for orthopedic procedures on the hips or knees. The anesthesiologist will numb up the area well, so it should hurt very little to have an epidural put in. Definitely worth it!

Answered Jul 26, 2012

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Dr. David Rosenfeld answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Helps relieve pain during surgery. An epidural steroid injection can help with pain pain and "sciatica".

Answered Jul 5, 2012

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Dr. Richard Pollard answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

The use of epidurals in anesthesia has proven to decrease the narcotics a patient requires for surgery, it also speeds their recovery time. It does involve the placement of a needle in the back, which can hurt a bit, but once done is painless.

Answered Apr 24, 2015

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