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Epidural Anesthesia

Epidural anesthesia works by blocking the nerve signals in the lower spine. The local anesthetic agent is injected into the epidural space in the lumbar, thoracic, or cervical regions of the spine. This is mostly used for labor and delivery. It may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, headache after delivery, soreness in the back, dizziness, etc.

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How to deal with a fear of anesthesia failure in a C-section?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I ask you, what would you do if someone felt pain during a C-section? Would you not immediately put the person under general anesthesia? As a pregnant woman, I am mortified by an article that I read online. After reading the article, I want to terminate my pregnancy. I have read ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. 1. General anesthesia is not recommended for a cesarean section as it can cause uterine atone and neonatal respiratory depression. 2. The article says that she was given a top-up over the previously applied epidural anesthesia before cesa...  Read Full »

Which is the recommended anesthesia for uterine polyp removal, spinal or epidural?

Query: Hello doctor, My gynecologist removed most of a polyp in her office with a local anesthetic and NSAID shot. However bits are still attached to the uterine wall because she was afraid of puncturing wall if I move. I had a colonoscopy with Propofol and had only had a bit of dizziness when I stood u...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhdev Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your query, your surgery can be done under spinal or epidural anesthesia. It is a much safer option than general anesthesia. You will be pain-free for hours after surgery. You will be absolutely awake during surgery and will not be able to move your legs ev...  Read Full »

Can epidural anesthesia cause sciatica, neuralgia and migraines?

Query: Hello doctor, 12 years ago I gave birth to my first baby. I was healthy when I walked in and then, not even for a single day I felt well. When I was given my epidural, my heart rate shot up to 150 and you could see it beating from the outside. They took it out and replaced it. The anesthesiologist ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jadhav Yatish Anant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Maybe unintentionally epidural needle must have hit a blood vessel in epidural space and so needle was withdrawn and reinserted in order to place it in epidural space avoiding blood vessel. Hypotension in pregnancy may be caused by supine hypotension syndrome and also ...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and going to undergo a cesarean section. Are there any risks in spinal anesthesia?

Query: Hi doctor, While in labor with my first child in the past, 15 years back, I requested an epidural. Unfortunately, the epidural caused a total spinal block. Within seconds of the anesthesia being injected, I felt my arms numb. The next thing I remember is being laid down and rushed into the theatre. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is a bit complicated, but I will try to make it as simple as possible. Epidural anesthesia injects a local anesthetic drug into your epidural space. Epidural space is outside the spinal cord, whereas spinal anesthesia is a procedure where a...  Read Full »

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