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Which is better: an epidural or patient-controlled analgesia for pain after a surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Miller
Anesthesiology

In brief: Epidurals

post op epidurals are usually used to provide pain control for a region of the body with less sedation properties and only for a certain period of time if an epidural catheter is used.
A PCA is a pain reliever given thru the vein at a prescribed amount by the surgeon with its possible side effects. Also there are risks with anything including epidurals. This should be discussed with your surgeon

In brief: Epidurals

post op epidurals are usually used to provide pain control for a region of the body with less sedation properties and only for a certain period of time if an epidural catheter is used.
A PCA is a pain reliever given thru the vein at a prescribed amount by the surgeon with its possible side effects. Also there are risks with anything including epidurals. This should be discussed with your surgeon
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