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Epidural block is regional, local or, general anesthesia?

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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Regional

General anesthesia requires uncosciousness, usually along with airway protection (endotracheal tube or similar).
Regional anesthesia includes application of local anesthetic in various locations, usually in the spine (spinal or epidural) or on a nerve plexus (to numb an arm or a leg). Local anesthesia is injection of local directly un the tissue that hurts or is about to hurt from surgery.

In brief: Regional

General anesthesia requires uncosciousness, usually along with airway protection (endotracheal tube or similar).
Regional anesthesia includes application of local anesthetic in various locations, usually in the spine (spinal or epidural) or on a nerve plexus (to numb an arm or a leg). Local anesthesia is injection of local directly un the tissue that hurts or is about to hurt from surgery.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Regional

An epidural is a regional anesthetic.

In brief: Regional

An epidural is a regional anesthetic.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Dr. Matthew Lublin
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Regional

This is a regional anesthetic technique that uses local anesthesia injected around the spinal cord.

In brief: Regional

This is a regional anesthetic technique that uses local anesthesia injected around the spinal cord.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology

In brief: Regional

It my combined with general anesthesia, used for post op pain, or include local injections for longer lasting analgesia.

In brief: Regional

It my combined with general anesthesia, used for post op pain, or include local injections for longer lasting analgesia.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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