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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.
Dr. Laurentiu Boeru
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Spinal for foot: Epidural regional block and spinal anesthesia can be performed for foot surgery. The technique is different. It is either one of another. Usually the combined technique is used for c-section in which spinal is used for the anesthesia during the surgery, and the epidural is used for the pain control after the surgery.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 29 years experience
Depending on: The type of surgery on the foot, you could have a spinal, epidural, nerve block, or general anesthesia. Sometimes, more than one modality is employed, such as when a nerve block is placed for post op pain relief and then the patient is put to sleep. Your anesthesiologist will help you decide the best approach with deference to your medical needs, preference and his skill set.

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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?

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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.

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