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Can epidural anesthesia be used in open heart surgery?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Thoracic epidural anesthesia has been used for patients undergoing open heart surgery.
However, this procedure requires a highly skilled anesthesia doctor with special expertise in cardiac anesthesia and/or regional anesthesia.

In brief: Yes

Thoracic epidural anesthesia has been used for patients undergoing open heart surgery.
However, this procedure requires a highly skilled anesthesia doctor with special expertise in cardiac anesthesia and/or regional anesthesia.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The epidural can be used to provide some numbness in the chest area, but the rest of the operation will require a general anesthetic.

In brief: No

The epidural can be used to provide some numbness in the chest area, but the rest of the operation will require a general anesthetic.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Open heart surgery is a very invasive and complex surgery and requires use of cardiopulmonary bypass (the heart is stopped) and is usually a prolonged procedure.
As such, general anesthesia is mandatory. Epidural anesthesia is used for less complex surgeries.

In brief: No

Open heart surgery is a very invasive and complex surgery and requires use of cardiopulmonary bypass (the heart is stopped) and is usually a prolonged procedure.
As such, general anesthesia is mandatory. Epidural anesthesia is used for less complex surgeries.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Dr. Liviu Klein
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Dr. Jon Spiers
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Wow

Now and again you hear of a novel use of anesthetic, particularly heart surgery.
A few years ago i read where a team in turkey did a bypass under local! either way, i don't recommend an epidural.

In brief: Wow

Now and again you hear of a novel use of anesthetic, particularly heart surgery.
A few years ago i read where a team in turkey did a bypass under local! either way, i don't recommend an epidural.
Dr. Jon Spiers
Dr. Jon Spiers
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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

To high level will affect breathing.

In brief: No

To high level will affect breathing.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Dr. Kenneth Smith
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