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Is it safe to have an epidural if I have scoliosis?

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 more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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Does scoliosis make labor harder? Also does it make it harder putting the epidural shot in straight?

Does scoliosis make labor harder? Also does it make it harder putting  the epidural shot in straight?

It depends: A mild degree of scoliosis should not be a problem. It usually affects the upper (thoracic) part of the spine, and the lower (lumbar) portion may be normal. However, a more severe degree of scoliosis may require surgery such as harrington rods. If this has been done, an epidural may not be possible. Consult an anesthesiologist before labor for more information. ...Read more

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Can I get an epidural in labor with scoliosis?

Can I get an epidural in labor with scoliosis?

Yes: The epidural is going to be more difficult to perform but is possible. Have an experienced anesthesiologist in your medical team. ...Read more

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With scoliosis in my lower back and sciatica, what are my chances of getting an epidural?

With scoliosis in my lower back and sciatica, what are my chances of getting an epidural?

No problem: Typically modern epidural steroid injections are given using live X-ray guidance, and so the scoliosis would be no problem. The older version was done "blind" and so it would be quite difficult in someone with scoliosis. ...Read more

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I have scoliosis and about a year ago. I had a spinal epidural done. A student preformed the spinal. After 3 - 4 painful moment of a needle digging in?

I have scoliosis and about a year ago. I had a spinal epidural done. A student preformed the spinal. After 3 - 4 painful moment of a needle digging in?

? your question ?: You made a statement but did not ask a question.Please start over and give basic information and a specific question.The questions are not linked on the site. ...Read more

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What is congenital scoliosis?

What is congenital scoliosis?

Type of spine curve: There are multiple reasons for scoliosis &one is known as a congenital type which is when there is a deformity of the bones ( vertebra) of the spine that one is born with & leads to an early curvature of the spine. Some don't need surgery & others do. They tend to not respond to bracing & can be very progressive in terms of a rapidly worsening curve & may be associated with other medical issues. ...Read more

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What can I do about congenital scoliosis?

Orthopedic follow up: Congenital scoliosis should be followed closely by an orthopedic doc that treats scoliosis. The issue is usually that one side of the spine grows faster than the other due to failure of one or more segments to separate or form. It progresses over time as the child grows. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to correct congenital scoliosis thru minimally invasive method?

This depends how: Severe the scoliosis is. If it is mild, postural and bracing can help correct it slightly. However, if it is advanced, there is not much that can be done with minimally invasive procedures. ...Read more

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I'v a 10 yrs. Old daughter who has an s shape congenital scoliosis more than 45*, there was no noticable progress & no pain. What are the options?

Early and often care: Although there has been no progression yet, with your daughter at age 10 and either early in puberty or not even entering puberty yet, now is the time to be very aggressive about monitoring for changes and intervening early. This is not a little 10 degree curve - she is already at 45, and you don't want much progression before you would get agressive with early therapies. See spine doctor often! ...Read more

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Is it true that congenital scoliosis is life threatening?

Not typically: not typically. The two exception to that are if the curve has been allowed to progress to an exceptionally large degree that it effects lung or cardiac function, which is quite rare nowadays. Or two, if the patient has other associated conditions with the scoliosis such as congenital heart or kidney problems which can be seen in a small percentage of cases. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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