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What are the differences between low-dose and normal epidurals?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not sure

but sounds like low-dose means low dose steroid.
Some research shows that low dose steroid injections work as well as high dose steroid injections (which is current standard of care).

In brief: Not sure

but sounds like low-dose means low dose steroid.
Some research shows that low dose steroid injections work as well as high dose steroid injections (which is current standard of care).
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not for surgery

The concept of "low-dose" usually applies to the use of local anesthetic for childbirth or post-op pain relief.
Normal doses are used for surgery to produce a complete block of sensation and movement. A complete block prevents a patient from walking, pushing strongly during childbirth, or moving in bed. Also, blood pressure and other vital signs must be closely. Low doses may allow walking.

In brief: Not for surgery

The concept of "low-dose" usually applies to the use of local anesthetic for childbirth or post-op pain relief.
Normal doses are used for surgery to produce a complete block of sensation and movement. A complete block prevents a patient from walking, pushing strongly during childbirth, or moving in bed. Also, blood pressure and other vital signs must be closely. Low doses may allow walking.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Dr. Julian Goldman
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not much

Epidurals are constant infusions of medication that can be either just an anesthetic or a combination with a narcotic.
The dose can be altered easily to be low-dose or whatever dose is necessary for the woman's comfort. There is a different medication also given into the back, itn, which is a single shot of narcotics and doesn't provide as dense pain relief.

In brief: Not much

Epidurals are constant infusions of medication that can be either just an anesthetic or a combination with a narcotic.
The dose can be altered easily to be low-dose or whatever dose is necessary for the woman's comfort. There is a different medication also given into the back, itn, which is a single shot of narcotics and doesn't provide as dense pain relief.
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Dr. Sheila Goodman
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Epidurals

This simply refers to the dose of anesthetic given.
With low dose we block fibers only involved with certain pathways - hence you will not be totally numb and unbale to walk. With a regular epidural usually everything is blocked and you usually cannot walk until it wears off.

In brief: Epidurals

This simply refers to the dose of anesthetic given.
With low dose we block fibers only involved with certain pathways - hence you will not be totally numb and unbale to walk. With a regular epidural usually everything is blocked and you usually cannot walk until it wears off.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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