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Whats the difference between spinal anesthesia andban epidural?

Whats the difference between spinal anesthesia andban epidural?

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 more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Epidural (Definition)

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


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What are the differences between a spinal block and epidural?

What are the differences between a spinal block and epidural?

Single v. continuous: Both spinal blocks and epidurals involve injections into the spine. In a spinal block a single injection is done into the epidural space for anesthetic application. In an epidural, a catheter is placed for continuous anesthesia. A spinal block has a finite duration. The epidural lasts as long as the catheter is in place. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a spinal block and the epidural?

What is the difference between a spinal block and the epidural?

Interchangeable: In my neck of the woods, these terms are used interchangeably. but with an epidural the tube is left in your back in case more medicine is needed, while with a block it is one shot in the back. ...Read more

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What is the difference between regional anesthesia, epidural anesthesia and nervous blocks?

What is the difference between regional anesthesia, epidural anesthesia and nervous blocks?

Regional anesthesia: Regional: a general term for nerve blocks of the extremities head and torso. An epidural is a type of regional anesthesia that is used for numbing the lower body from the umbilicus down. A nerve block is a specific nerve(or nerves being numbed. An interscalene nerve block is used to numb one arm for example. But an ISB is a type of regional anesthesia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between painless delivery and epidural or spinal?

What's the difference between painless delivery and epidural or spinal?

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

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What is the difference between an epidural and a spinal block?

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Spinal block: Spinal block is injecting the medicine into the subarachnoid space. Epidural is into the epidural space. The subarachnoid space is where the Cerebrospinal fluid is). ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis?

What is the difference between cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis?

Cervical stenosis: The cervical region is the neck area and the lumbar region is the lower back. Stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal which can occur in both regions due to overgrowth of bone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a caudal epidural and a lumbar sympathetic block for CRPS (foot)?

What is the difference between a caudal epidural and a lumbar sympathetic block for CRPS (foot)?

Different procedures: Lumbar sympathetic blocks are a more common procedure to perform for CRPS. They help to temporarily silence the sympathetic nerves involved with the redness and swelling of CRPS. Caudal epidurals inject steroids around the nerves where they leave the spinal cord and are more often performed for spinal pain (arthritis and ruptured discs) than for CRPS. ...Read more

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Doctors, what is the difference between spinal and epidural?

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

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What is the difference between a transforaminal and a epidural injection? Left l.4.L5 two level injection lumbar radic.

What is the difference between a transforaminal and a epidural injection?
Left l.4.L5 two level injection lumbar radic.

Transforaminal Inj: In the transforaminal approach to the epidural steroid injection the the epidural space and nerve(s) is coated with the steroid/anesthetic mixture. The epidural injection you refer to is called an interlaminar or translaminar epidural injection where the medication is placed between the two spine bones in your back. Check out Spine-Health.Com for more info. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between anesthesia and analgesia?

Whats the difference between anesthesia and analgesia?

Pain relief: Analgesia is the relief of pain, you may or may not need to be under anesthesia for that. Anesthesia implies either unconsciousness (general anesthesia) or complete absence of sensation (regional anesthesia). Analgesia can take a variety of forms including pain medications, local anethesia or regional block. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between spinal retrolistheses and dislocation?

Whats the difference between spinal retrolistheses and dislocation?

Degree: A retrolisthesis refers to a usually mild posterior positioning when comparing one vertebrae with the vertebrae above or below it. A dislocation is a much more severe condition and in the spine requires a major trauma to occur. In a dislocation, all contact between the two bones on each side of the joint has been lost: for example a humerus that completely comes out of the shoulder is dislocated. ...Read more

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Whats the difference with tumors in the spinal canal vs spinal cord?

Whats the difference with tumors in the spinal canal vs spinal cord?

Look up the anatomy: Spinal cord is a neurological structure which runs inside the spine; the space inside the spine is called spinal canal. Cord is a vital organ that controlls our arms and legs movements, whereas the spinal canal is just a channel wherein lies the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lumbar radiculopathy and lumbosacral spondylosis?

What is the difference between lumbar radiculopathy and lumbosacral spondylosis?

See below: Spondylosis refers the development or degenerative changes in the spine, whereas radiculopathy infers the irritation of a nerve in the back. Spondylosis can lead to a radiculopathy, but there are also other causes of a radiculopathy other than Spondylosis as well. ...Read more

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What's the difference between narcotics and anesthesia?

Actions: Narcotics are given to reduce or control pain that a patient is experiencing, they do not reliably put you to sleep.. Anesthesia is designed to make the entire body insensate to pain by inducing a deep chemical sleep. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between central disc protrusion and bilateral sciatica?

Is there a difference between central disc protrusion and bilateral sciatica?

A large central-: -protrusion can effect both R & L nerve roots leading 2 bilateral sciatica. Also it depends on how large your boney canal & the level of the protruding disk. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cervical and lumbar vertebrae?

What is the difference between cervical and lumbar vertebrae?

Location location: Do you mean besides location, size and amount of motion they have? ...Read more

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What is the difference between a labor epidural and a lower back epidural?

A labor epidural: Is administered in the lower back, usually at the l3-l4 interspace. So technically they are one in the same. Occasionally, caudal epidurals are given in pain management and in children, where medicines are injected at a hole in the bottom of the spinal canal, called the sacral hiatus. This practice has not been used in labor anesthesia for many years. ...Read more

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