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Doctor insights on: Saddle Block Vs Epidural

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Which one is more effective: saddle block vs epidural?

Which one is more effective: saddle block vs epidural?

Depends on condition: Epidural blocks are commonly used to treat back pain, to provide pain relief during childbirth. The medications are injected outside the sac containing nerves (thecal sac). Saddle block involves injection of medications into the sac, and is used to selectively numb the areas of skin that would touch a saddle if you were on one. Ask your doctor about the reasons to consider one or the other. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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 is an epidural vs spinal block?

What is an epidural vs spinal block?

Anatomic differences: In a spinal block, the local anesthetic is placed in the spinal fluid; whereas in an epidural block it goes into the epidural space or space around the spinal chord. The latter works by diffusion of the drug to the nerves whereas the former the onset is faster and more predictable. Both have advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more

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What is an epidural of spinal block used for?

Pain management: Epidural injections are done for various reasons, mostly to block pain. During labor, epidural injections are given for the pain of labor. Sometimes epidural nerve blocks are given for pain like sciatica. Some people with chronic pain from spine disease are given epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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

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 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 complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

What complications can result from having a spinal block or epidural?

Many: But they rarely happen. Infection at site of needle puncture or tissues surrounding the spinal nerves (arachnoiditis). Headache is there is spinal fluid leakage and this can be addressed. Extremely rare is damage to nerves. Sterile technique is important as well as an experienced and well trained anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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Can selective cervical root block in cervical HNP be effective even though multiple interlaminar epidural blocks failed to give relief?would u do it?

Can selective cervical root block in cervical HNP be effective even though multiple interlaminar epidural blocks failed to give relief?would u do it?

Yes: Selective cervical nerve root blocks can help provide pain relief when epidurals have not. Given the choices of living with the pain, trying surgery or getting a block done I would probably opt for the block. Make sure you are also continuing with standard treatments. Heat, ice, stretching and range of motion exercises are all equally important. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nerve root block epidural?

Can you tell me about nerve root block epidural?

Injection treatment: Epidural injection or selective nerve root blocks are done for diagnostic and therapeutic (treatment) purposes. Typically, they are done under x-ray guidance by a qualified pain specialist. Usually, it involves injection of anti-inflammatory steroid for treatment or a local anesthetic for diagnostic purposes. ...Read more