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A 35-year-old member asked:

are epidurals and spinals the same thing?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
No: While they may feel the same to you, they are a little different. An epidural puts continuous medication in a sac around the spinal cord, providing longer, lower level numbness. Spinals put the medication in the fluid directly around the spinal cord just once. Epidurals numb a little less but longer, spinals numb a lot but only last a shorter period of time.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Similar: Both are neuraxial blocks that prevent nerve transmission. The space that the spinal goes is placed in is adjacent to the epidural space. It is typically a single shot that wears off in a predetermined time. A small catheter can be placed in the epidural space and allow for a variable length of activity. That is why epidurals are more useful for labor. The needles are also a little different.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
They are different: Spinal and epidural injections share many characteristics. But, the spinal needle is inserted a few mm deeper than the epidural needle so that it punctures the dura (one of the membranes that cover the spinal cord) and rests in cerebrospinal fluid (csf). Local anesthetic injected in the CSF produces a fast, dense nerve block that numbs all the way to the toes.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Epidural/Spinal: Spinal is injecting anesthetic into the Subarachnoid space. Epidural is in the space around the dura mater of the spinal cord.

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