Spinal and epidural anesthesia have fewer side effects and risks than general anesthesia asleep and pain free people usually recover their senses much faster sometimes they have to wait for the anesthetic to wear off so they can walk spinal anesthesia is often used for genital urinary tract or lower body procedures. What is an epidural in this article this one of the most common uses of an epidural its a type of anesthesia that doctors may give you during surgery to numb your spinal nerves and . Spinal and epidural anesthesia are medicines used to numb you from your abdomen to your feet caregivers may numb you only to your waist or up to your nipple line depending on what kind of surgery you have. Spinal and epidural anesthesia are the most common possibilities with regional anesthesia an increasingly popular alternative to general anesthesia heres what you need to know about the differences between spinal and epidural anesthesia and how regional anesthesia differs from general anesthesia. What is epidural anesthesia this is a type of regional anesthesia in which only a certain part of the body of the patient is made numb the procedure will involve the insertion of a hollow needle along with a tiny and flexible catheter into the epidural space which is defined as a marginal area in between the spinal column and the outer membrane of the spinal cord
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