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A 24-year-old female asked:

I need to get anesthesia but have "spider veins". any suggestions to make it easier so i don't need 9 people sticking & missing before using my wrist?

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Dr. Ted King
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Needle sticks: No one should be attempting to put an IV into one of your spider veins, so your spider veins shouldn't play a role in anyone's ability to get an IV into one of your veins. How many sticks you get depends on the skill and experience of the person starting the iv. You can certainly request that the most experienced person working that shift be the one who tries to start your iv.
Dr. Norman Cohen
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Also may want to suggest that the team use an ultrasound to help locate a good vein, if nothing is obvious initially. On occasion, you may not have good veins in your arms or legs, so your anesthesiologist may consider placing an IV in one of the large "central" veins near the heart.
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Ted King
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Excellent point.
Apr 6, 2013
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Difficult IV: Inform the surgeon and your anesthesiologist. Your anestgesiologist, after a careful exam may suggest inhalational induction. After which, your veins will vasodilate and allow venous access.
Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
Also: Pre-warming your extremities with warming blankets or warm packs help dilate vessels. Also many anesthesiologists are very good now using u;ultrasound to detect and then enter veins that otherwise would not be visible. Ask questions.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Tell MD concerns: I tell my patient's to request an experienced person to start their IV if they have had problems before. There are other options to put patient's to sleep but we do not prefer them. Talk to your anesthesiologist before the procedure.

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