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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm about to have foot surgery?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
Ask your doctor: I do this on patients who can not tolerate general anesthesia too well or are at high risk. It is indicated for foot surgery. All of the nerves of your feet have roots in your back. A epidural block, blocks these nerves. However, ask your doctor why they prefer this over other anesthesia including conscious sedation or general. They can answer this better for you.
Dr. Gary Lawson
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Regional anesthesia: There are different techniques that may be used to anesthetize you for podiatry surgery. The technique chosen will depend on co-morbidities, location of surgery, post operative analgesia and patient request. A spinal or epidural may be used if you will be hospitalized. You may opt for a popliteal block or mayo field block if you are having ambulatory surgery.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Anesthesia: Sometimes it depends on the surgeon's training and what he/she feels comfortable doing. It also depends on the type of surgery being done . These are questions to ask your surgeon

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is my doctor giving me a spinal block/epidural when i'm having foot surgery? Is that normal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
There are : Different forms of anesthesia one can receive when getting foot surgery, it can range from local anesthesia, local with sedation, spinal, general. Sometimes, it depends on which foot procedure is being performed. Feel free to question the choice and ask why spinal versus something like local with sedation.

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Last updated May 8, 2019

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