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Is it common for doctors to use an epidural during a butt lift? How effective is an epidural for a butt lift procedure, and is this the preferred type of anesthesia for the treatment? Can i opt for another method, as I have a curved spine. From the delive

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Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology
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In brief: The

The procedure can be done with an epidural or general anesthesia.
If your health permits, there should be little or no difference in anesthetic risk. With regards to your spine, its curvature will usually not affect the effectiveness of the epidural only the difficulty of its insertion. By the way, it is unlikely your curvature is due to a pregnancy. It is most likely congenital. Most people have some asymmetrical curvature of the spine. Although it may not be noticeable or problematic. Discuss the anesthetic with the anesthesiologist that will be there for the procedure since it is usually best(safer/better results) to do what he feels the most comfortable doing. Good luck and i hope this helps.

In brief: The

The procedure can be done with an epidural or general anesthesia.
If your health permits, there should be little or no difference in anesthetic risk. With regards to your spine, its curvature will usually not affect the effectiveness of the epidural only the difficulty of its insertion. By the way, it is unlikely your curvature is due to a pregnancy. It is most likely congenital. Most people have some asymmetrical curvature of the spine. Although it may not be noticeable or problematic. Discuss the anesthetic with the anesthesiologist that will be there for the procedure since it is usually best(safer/better results) to do what he feels the most comfortable doing. Good luck and i hope this helps.
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

In brief: Yes it is common

The reason an epidural is offered with a "butt-lift" is that it can assist with post-operative pain control for a prolonged period of time.
If you have had problems with placement in the past (curved spine) there are other techniques that can be used. Talk with your anesthesiologist about what technique is best for you.

In brief: Yes it is common

The reason an epidural is offered with a "butt-lift" is that it can assist with post-operative pain control for a prolonged period of time.
If you have had problems with placement in the past (curved spine) there are other techniques that can be used. Talk with your anesthesiologist about what technique is best for you.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Thomas Einstein
Anesthesiology

In brief: Regional

Regional anesthesia including spinal and/or epidural anesthesia would be a good choice for this procedure.
Intravenous sedation can also be added, so that the patient is asleep for the operation, but wakes up quickly without pain after surgery. It is not uncommon for patients to have difficulty with epidural placement on one occasion, and have an easy placement on subsequent occasions with a different doctor. You need to discuss the anesthetic plan with your anesthesiologist, and possibly meet before the procedure date so that you can be examined if the anesthesiologist thinks that would be helpful. Some anesthesiologists are very skilled and comfortable with regional anesthesia and others are less so. Every anesthetic can be done using various techniques with advantages and disadvantages for each one.

In brief: Regional

Regional anesthesia including spinal and/or epidural anesthesia would be a good choice for this procedure.
Intravenous sedation can also be added, so that the patient is asleep for the operation, but wakes up quickly without pain after surgery. It is not uncommon for patients to have difficulty with epidural placement on one occasion, and have an easy placement on subsequent occasions with a different doctor. You need to discuss the anesthetic plan with your anesthesiologist, and possibly meet before the procedure date so that you can be examined if the anesthesiologist thinks that would be helpful. Some anesthesiologists are very skilled and comfortable with regional anesthesia and others are less so. Every anesthetic can be done using various techniques with advantages and disadvantages for each one.
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