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Is It Safe To Have An Epidural If I Have Scoliosis
Yes: Most anesthesiologists are well-experienced with epidural placement, and scoliosis is not a difficult challenge, in most cases. For severe scoliosis, an anesthesia "consult" in advance -- that is, meeting with the anesthesiologist in the 7th or 8th month to discuss your case and reviewing x-rays -- might be a prudent idea. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Should not have any contraindicationsGet a more detailed answer ›
It depends.: Although there are some people with a mild tachycardia due to a benign condition termed autonomic nervous system dysfunction (dysautonomia), most tachycardias have an underlying specific cause. Therefore, before answering your question, it would be best to undergo a medical exam to search for that cause. It could be an overactive thyroid gland, infection, fever, a rare tumor or some other problem. ...Read more
If I have symptoms that have me concerned I may have a syrinx in my spine would it still be okay to have a spinal block for a csection?
Depends: Depends in part on the nature and cause of your symptoms. If you are having unexplained neurological symptoms, ideally they would be accurately diagnosed before you undergoing any interventional procedures that involve the spine. ...Read more
Concussion: Its probably best to hold off on strenuous activity, such as sex, until your symptoms from concussion are completely resolved. You should consider sex like any other exercise - and we typically say that an athlete should not return to play until their symptoms are no longer present, including headache, dizziness, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good question: Anything that causes eye pain or that can risk further injury to the eye should be avoided. If the injury required suturing, there can be a risk of sutures breaking from bearing down. It is advisable to ask the doctor who treated you for your specific injury what level of activity you can engage in safely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if i had to have a spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis and i think it has failed any way to tell?
Yes: If rods have broken, screws broken, and your are having pain. Also, progressive loss of correction are signs that the bone has not healed. I reiterate, pain would be my indication of failure or progressive recurrence of deformity. So are you leaning more, stooping forward? These are signs of failure of the fusion. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Your doctor should discuss your history with you. Once you've discussed your endocarditis, he/she will most likely prescribe an antibiotic mixture during the procedure as a preventative measure to prevent another episode of endocarditis. Insist on a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of the procedure. Ask questions! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I am due very soon and I have hearf that if you have a pilonidal cyst you cannot have a epidural. is this true and why?
I have spondylilothesis. Is it possible that this is causing an obstruction in my vagina? I have not been able to have intercourse for 3 years.
No: It would be very difficult to have such an anterior movement of the sacrum to cause obstruction of the vagina. If you have been sexually active in the past, you shouldn't have any problems except normal changes of the vagina related to menopause. The vaginal tissue gets thinner and more fragile because of the hormone changes related to menopause making intimacy more uncomfortable. ...Read more
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