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Epidural possible a fused spine?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

This depends on what levels were fused and where your epidural needs to be placed to cover the pain post-operatively.
For example if you were fused at l3-4, it would still be possible to perform an epidural above that level, however it may effect the spread of local anesthetic to the desired area, causing incomplete anesthesia.

In brief: Depends

This depends on what levels were fused and where your epidural needs to be placed to cover the pain post-operatively.
For example if you were fused at l3-4, it would still be possible to perform an epidural above that level, however it may effect the spread of local anesthetic to the desired area, causing incomplete anesthesia.
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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably

Performing an epidural at the level of a spinal fusion is difficult.
However, for lumbar spinal fusion, a caudal epidural can be performed with placement of a catheter to reach the appropriate level causing your symptoms.

In brief: Probably

Performing an epidural at the level of a spinal fusion is difficult.
However, for lumbar spinal fusion, a caudal epidural can be performed with placement of a catheter to reach the appropriate level causing your symptoms.
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