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Dr. Jonathan Lau
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Epidural Block (Overview)

An epidural block is a procedure usually performed by an anesthesiologist in order to block pain during or after surgery. It can also be used for pain control during labor and involves the injection of local anesthetics and other medications via a needle or catheter into the space surrounding but outside of the spinal cord and it membranes. The are done with the patient seated or lying down.


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What is the definition or description of: epidural block?

What is the definition or description of: epidural block?

Epidural block: An epidural block is a procedure usually performed by an anesthesiologist in order to block pain during or after surgery. It can also be used for pain control during labor and involves the injection of local anesthetics and other medications via a needle or catheter into the space surrounding but outside of the spinal cord and it membranes. The are done with the patient seated or lying down. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Lau
57 doctors shared insights

Epidural Block (Overview)

An epidural block is a procedure usually performed by an anesthesiologist in order to block pain during or after surgery. It can also be used for pain control during labor and involves the injection of local anesthetics and other medications via a needle or catheter into the space surrounding but outside of the spinal cord and it membranes. The are done with the patient seated or lying down.


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How bad does giving birth hurt with an epidural block?

How bad does giving birth hurt with an epidural block?

Depends: Depends on the patient , if first delivery, anxiety about pain. You have to make a decision when the ob/gyn tells you because after a certain point in the labor doctor can no longer start an epidural. ...Read more

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Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

Regional: An epidural block refers to either anesthesia or analgesia. The later is used for pain control for labo, after surgery , renal stones or other pain conditions. The former is used for surgery itself. The difference is the strength of the local anesthetic used for the block. The stronger the dose the more numb you become. ...Read more

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Is cervical medial branch block a type of epidural block? Or just giving medicines around the medial branch nerve?

Two kinds: Cervical medial branch block can be done with just pain numbing drugs or by radiofrequency ablation which lasts months. These procedures block the medical branch of the pain fibers without invading the spinal canal. This is also done in the lumbar area. ...Read more

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Spinal epidural block forpeople with disc extrusion?

Yes: It can be given in this situation but often times not preferable. The reason being, if the disc situation were to worsen during procedure positioning(ie, someone developes a neurologic deficit) it would be unclear as to what caused the deficit-the epidural or the disc. A laboring pregnant woman may receive an epidural, but the above situation and risks must be understood by patient. ...Read more

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Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Depends: On what the reason for either injection is. Typically Epidural injections help with disk herniations, nerve impingement and spinal stenosis of the spine. Facet treatments basically address/help with the facet joint only as the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Took my c spine MRI 6 months ago.Neck pain only got worse after nsaids.Pt.Neurontin.Epidural block. Need i take another mri? How do I cope with pain?

Took my c spine MRI 6 months ago.Neck pain only got worse after nsaids.Pt.Neurontin.Epidural block. Need i take another mri? How do I cope with pain?

Second opinion: Is a good idea. An MRI can be submitted to http://conciergeradiologist.Com in the next few weeks for reevaluation. One picture is not enough - the whole study will need to be sent, but fortunately that's easy. This may be a more cost-effective way to getting to an answer than undergoing another mri. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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