A 44-year-old member asked:
how painful is a spinal tap?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Varies: This depends on how it is done and by the skill of the person doing it as well as whether there are significant degenerative changes present or a spinal deformity. Obesity can make it more difficult to do and the reason for the spinal tap may affect the result. The size or bore of the needle can be a reason as well.
Answered on May 12, 2017
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