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Is it safe to have an epidural if I have scoliosis?

23 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
17 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Most anesthesiologists are well-experienced with epidural placement, and scoliosis is not a difficult challenge, in most cases.
For severe scoliosis, an anesthesia "consult" in advance -- that is, meeting with the anesthesiologist in the 7th or 8th month to discuss your case and reviewing x-rays -- might be a prudent idea.

In brief: Yes

Most anesthesiologists are well-experienced with epidural placement, and scoliosis is not a difficult challenge, in most cases.
For severe scoliosis, an anesthesia "consult" in advance -- that is, meeting with the anesthesiologist in the 7th or 8th month to discuss your case and reviewing x-rays -- might be a prudent idea.
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
It is always a good idea to get to know your anesthesia doctor.
Dr. David Kinsman
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Almost always

Scoliosis can be especially challenging and can test the skill of any provider. You should talk with your doctor about the epidural and what the plan is if unsuccessful.

In brief: Almost always

Scoliosis can be especially challenging and can test the skill of any provider. You should talk with your doctor about the epidural and what the plan is if unsuccessful.
Dr. David Kinsman
Dr. David Kinsman
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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is safe to try epidural anesthesia when you have scoliosis.

In brief: Yes

It is safe to try epidural anesthesia when you have scoliosis.
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

But it may be more difficult to place.

In brief: Yes.

But it may be more difficult to place.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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