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Can you define and describe spinal anesthetic? how does it work?
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Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Also known : As regional anesthesia because it "blocks" a certain area, in this case from the lower chest to the feet. It is an injection into the space where cerebrospinal fluid is found and the local anesthetic drug injected into this space circulates up and down an numbs the lower part of the body as described above. It is perfect for surgery on bones, tissue below the waist (c-section, joints, vascular, ).
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Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Spinal anesthesia: During a spinal anesth your providers uses Lidocaine to numb a small area of skin on you back and then uses a spinal needle to gently go through the numb skin, between the vertebral bones and into the spinal space where the spinal fluid is.
When the anesthesia provider sees this fluid come back out of the needle he will then inject a small amount of local anes med into needle and numb the nerves.
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Last updated Jun 26, 2014
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