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Which is safer, a general anesthesia, or one from the spine?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Essentially the same

The risks of serious outcomes, that means death, are essentially the same.
Some procedures need a general anesthetic, while other require a regional or spinal one. Each has their specific risks, but overall the risk is the same.

In brief: Essentially the same

The risks of serious outcomes, that means death, are essentially the same.
Some procedures need a general anesthetic, while other require a regional or spinal one. Each has their specific risks, but overall the risk is the same.
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Randy Stevens
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Dr. Janet Wilczak
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Safest

The safest is the one chosen by you and your anesthesia provider based upon your procedure, your history and your anesthesia provider's expertise.

In brief: Safest

The safest is the one chosen by you and your anesthesia provider based upon your procedure, your history and your anesthesia provider's expertise.
Dr. Janet Wilczak
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Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology

In brief: Both

In general spinal anesthetics carry lower risks of complications.
These in general would be infection (which would be serious), and under special circumstance paralysis from bleeding. These are rare complication. Headache would be the most common. The complications from general are more numerous however and carry a mortality of about 1.1 per million.

In brief: Both

In general spinal anesthetics carry lower risks of complications.
These in general would be infection (which would be serious), and under special circumstance paralysis from bleeding. These are rare complication. Headache would be the most common. The complications from general are more numerous however and carry a mortality of about 1.1 per million.
Dr. Gary Ritholz
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