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How often can epidural anesthesia be used?

Very often: Epidural anesthesia can be used often depending on the type of procedure that is planned. It is safe and effective. ...Read more

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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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How often can epidural anesthesia be used for?

How often can epidural anesthesia be used for?

Numerous: You can have numerous epidural anesthestics no tolerance to the effects. ...Read more

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Can an epidural anesthesia be used for hysterectomy?

Can an epidural anesthesia be used for hysterectomy?

Yes: An epidural could possibly be used for an open abdominal hysterectomy. If the procedure is laparoscopic, using an epidural would be very difficult. ...Read more

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Where is the injection site for epidural anesthesia?

Any part of spine: An epidural can be given anywhere along the full length of the spine. In the neck and upper spine, it is often used for pain management. An epidural can be placed in the mid-back for pain relief after chest or abdominal surgery. Epidurals are often placed in the lower back for labor pain, c-sections, or orthopedic surgery on the legs. So it depends on the need. ...Read more

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Epidural anesthesia for hysterectomy, can you tell me more?

Epidural anesthesia for hysterectomy, can you tell me more?

Yes: You can have a hysterectomy with epidural anesthesia if you have a vaginal hysterectomy or possibly an open hysterectomy. You cannot have laparoscopic surgery without general anesthesia. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

What are the risks associated with epidural anesthesia misplacement/ dural puncture?

The risks of epidura: Placed incorrectly include headache, high spinal, intravascular injection, and non-functional epidural. Your anesthesiologist will test the catheter and watch it set up. Most of these concerns will be eliminated at that time. ...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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Received an epidural anesthesia for ease of labor on 5/25. It took the anesthesologist 5 tries. Normal?

Not unusual: Every patient is different, and the situation at the time of placement can vary. The positioning of the patient during an epidural is very important. If the patient is unable to bend forward to open up the spinous processes it can be difficult to pass the epidural needle. Patient's vary widely in body type, and in some patient's it is very difficult to find the correct landmarks for placement. ...Read more

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Does epidural anesthesia hurt > help?

Epidurals can help!: Definitely helps more than it hurts! epidurals can be wonderful to help with labor pain and provide safe anesthesia for c-sections. Epidural steroids can help a lot with back pain. Epidurals can also be great for orthopedic procedures on the hips or knees. The anesthesiologist will numb up the area well, so it should hurt very little to have an epidural put in. Definitely worth it! ...Read more

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Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Waht are the complications of an inadvertent dural puncture with epidural anesthesia?

Level?: Most frequent complication is spinal headache which can be treated with epidural blood patch. If the epidural placement is above lumbar level, although very low risk, spinal cord can be penetrated, which can cause neuro deficit. If epidural catheter placed and migrates to spinal space severe hypotension or complete spinal can occur and it can require control of the airway until spinal wears off. ...Read more

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Is it better to get a spinal or epidural anesthesia in labor?

Epidural: An epidural can last longer and can be titrated to a specific patient's need. A spinal is a single shot that may not last for the whole labor. With an epidural you will still be able to push, but with a spinal you will not be able to. ...Read more

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When is continuous lumbar epidural anesthesia used in labor?

Active Labor: A continuous lumbar epidural anesthetic is the anesthetic of choice on most patients undergoing labor in the us. The epidural is started once the mother is in active labor, and is then continued until the baby and placenta are delivered. ...Read more

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What to expect for epidural anesthesia needle is pushed too far and the epidural anesthesia is injected into the area containing the CSF fluid and nerves?

What to expect for epidural anesthesia needle is pushed too far and the epidural anesthesia is injected into the area containing the CSF fluid and nerves?

That is a very: dangerous situation called a total spinal, your blood pressure will drop and you won't be able to breathe. But there will be emergency equipment immediately available and you should be 'saved' and just have to wait until it wears off. You will get a spinal headache afterwards ...Read more

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Epidural anesthesia needle is pushed too far and the epidural anesthesia is injected into the area containing the CSF fluid and nerves, can you tell me more?

Epidural anesthesia needle is pushed too far and the epidural anesthesia is injected into the area containing the CSF fluid and nerves, can you tell me more?

Epidural too far: That can be dangerous because it becomes a spinal anesthetic which requires much less medication. Low blood pressure and inability to ventilate can occur. A spinal headache commonly occurs, and nerve damage depending on the proximity of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Side effects of regional anesthesia for delivery?

Regional anesthesia: Regional anesthesia is extremely safe and commonly used during labor and delivery. At my institution the epidural rate is nearly 90%. We are careful to use as low doses of local anesthetic and opioid combinations. The common effects seen are decreased sensation and motor strength in the lower extremities (expected) and occasionally a decreased blood pressure (also expected) which we treat prn. ...Read more

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What side effects does general anesthesia have on a 30 week fetus?

Short-lived: General anesthesia that a mother receives passes through her system into the baby's system. However, it goes away quickly too. If the baby were born right away, it might be sleepy or need help with breathing. But assuming that the baby is not born yet, the anesthesia meds will be gone within a few hours. At 30 weeks, all the baby's organs and limbs are formed, so there is no risk of birth defects. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Can you please tell me about the adverse psychological side effects of anesthesia?

Usually none: There are rarely psychological effects from anesthesia. Some people do have a phobia of needles, or losing control, but usually this is not a problem. The drugs themselves do not cause psychological effects. Some concerns do exist, in the extremes of age, of effects on the brain, but these are not clear at this time. ...Read more

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What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

What are the major side effects of general anesthesia?

Many side effects: The side effects are many but fortunately short lived. Probably the most significant is post operative nausea in the immediate period after surgery, this is treatable. Prolonged "grogginess", confusion in the elderly, sleepiness, sore throat(transient) are other side effects. It is important to know that these are typically absent on day two. ...Read more

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Dr. Karen Sibert
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Anesthesia (Definition)

Anesthesia is a field of study that involves methods of removing sensation, pain, and consciousness from a person in order to perform surgeries, do other uncomfortable procedures, or relieve his pain/suffering. A doctor specializing in ...Read more