Doctor insights on:
Difference Between Spinal Block And Epidural
The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more
Technique: Labor inevitably causes discomfort or pain from uterine contractions. To have a pain-free delivery, you would need medication. Some women choose IV pain medications. Others chsose epidural analgesia, which involves numbing medication (local anesthesia) injected into the back. Spinal also involves numbing medication, but is used more for surgery or c-section than for labor. ...Read more
Location...: Spinal anesthesia- local anesthesia is administered a a single shot in the subarachnoid space into the spinal fluid. It has rapid onset, provides profound surgical anesthesia and causes loss of muscle control below the blok level. Epidural- local anes is administered in the epidural space outside of the membrane which contains the spinal fluid through a catheter slower, but titrateable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different spaces: Epidural Space is just outside of where the nerves, spinal cord and spinal fluid are located. So getting an epidural injection is placing the needle in this area and injecting medicine there. A spinal is going into the area where the subarachnoid space is and injecting the medicine into the spinal fluid. ...Read more
Spinal stenosis epidural shots: how long does it take to see a difference and know it is working? They work for about an hour and then it's back
Many: But they rarely happen. Infection at site of needle puncture or tissues surrounding the spinal nerves (arachnoiditis). Headache is there is spinal fluid leakage and this can be addressed. Extremely rare is damage to nerves. Sterile technique is important as well as an experienced and well trained anesthesiologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomic differences: In a spinal block, the local anesthetic is placed in the spinal fluid; whereas in an epidural block it goes into the epidural space or space around the spinal chord. The latter works by diffusion of the drug to the nerves whereas the former the onset is faster and more predictable. Both have advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more
Pain management: Epidural injections are done for various reasons, mostly to block pain. During labor, epidural injections are given for the pain of labor. Sometimes epidural nerve blocks are given for pain like sciatica. Some people with chronic pain from spine disease are given epidural steroid injections. ...Read more
In good hands: In the hands of a good anesthesiologist, they are very similar and one will not be any worse than the other. If you know you are having a c-section ahead of time, ask to talk to the anesthesiologist about your options and risk/benefit of different options before the scheduled surgery. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- What is the difference between incomplete and complete right bundle branch block?
- Is there a difference between a spinal tap and a bone marrow aspiration?
- Difference between spinal stenosis and herniated disc
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Difference between miscarriage and period
- What difference is there between nasonex and flonase?
- How to tell the difference between norovirus and rotavirus?
- Difference between pimples and herpes
- Talk to a neurologist online