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Which is better--epidural or patient-controlled analgesia after surgery?
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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Both!
There is a relatively novel form of perioperative pain relief known as patient-controlled epidural analgesia(or pcea).
It's similar to pca in that you as the patient control how much medication you receive. However, instead of the medication being delivered to your veins, it's delivered to your epidural space, where it is more effective and less likely to produce systemic side effects.

In brief: Both!
There is a relatively novel form of perioperative pain relief known as patient-controlled epidural analgesia(or pcea).
It's similar to pca in that you as the patient control how much medication you receive. However, instead of the medication being delivered to your veins, it's delivered to your epidural space, where it is more effective and less likely to produce systemic side effects.
Dr. Foead Geula
Dr. Foead Geula
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In brief: Depends
It very much depends on what type of surgery is being done.
Epidural analgesia works very well for some thoracic and some abdominal or pelvic surgery. Patient controlled analgesia is most common after surgery. You would need to confer with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist which may be best or most appropriate for the specific surgery.

In brief: Depends
It very much depends on what type of surgery is being done.
Epidural analgesia works very well for some thoracic and some abdominal or pelvic surgery. Patient controlled analgesia is most common after surgery. You would need to confer with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist which may be best or most appropriate for the specific surgery.
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