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Spinal Anesthesia

Spinal anesthesia or spinal block is the injection given in and around the spine to numb part of your body during surgery. It is the preferred method for anesthesia below the umbilicus and lower extremities.

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Can bladder prolapse surgery cause death?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a stage 1 to 2 bladder prolapse. I would like to get the surgery but I am suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I am terrified about getting the surgery. In my mind, it got fixed that if I go there I will die from that surgery. It is said that it will be done through the vag...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question and understand the concerns. Vaginal surgery for the bladder repair is safe and there are no major risks associated with it. Complications like bladder injury can occur, which is not at all life-threatening and can be surgically managed...  Read Full »

Can an epidural anesthesia cause headache with shivering?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend, 32 years old, seven years back during delivery time epidural anesthesia was given. After that, she has got a headache now. It is a chronic headache like a migraine, no other complication, no hematoma, and all rigor and shivering present. What is the diagnosis?  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, I would like to say that the epidural analgesia taken seven years back is definitely not the reason for her chronic headache. As she is having chills and rigors, check her temperature, and headache along with that suggests some acute viral fever. Kindly...  Read Full »

How do Adderall and anesthesia interact?

Query: Hi doctor,My female friend, who is 28 years old, is on Adderall for ADD and scheduled for hip surgery. Should she stop Adderall before surgery? Is there adverse interaction with anesthesia and Adderall. She had a long-term (eight months) adverse reaction to general anesthesia after surgery on the ot...  Read Full »

Dr. Amandeep Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your friend need not stop Adderall (combination of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine) to get anesthesia. Secondly, the only side effect that may happen is resistant hypotension due to catecholamines depletion. That can be taken care of by the anesthetist. ...  Read Full »

Is it possible that a spinal injection caused the severe backaches and discomfort ?

Query: Hello doctor, I had spinal anesthesia before my foot surgery. It has been more than a week since my operation, yet I still get severe backaches and discomfort in the back of my skull. I have discomfort after standing or sitting up for longer than five to ten minutes. Is this normal? I use painkille...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The pain and suffering caused due to spinal injection is called post dural spinal headache. It happens very rare due to spinal needle. It causes stretching of meninges and cause spinal fluid leak. It is very rare n...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to shave beard before a general anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor,I am scheduled next week for out-patient surgery to have a malignant tumor removed from my bladder via a catheter inserted into my urethra. Before that, the anesthesiologist will administer a general anesthetic as well as a muscle-relaxant to keep me from kicking when under. The procedu...  Read Full »

Dr. Jadhav Yatish Anant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to That is worth a concern for both for your anesthesiologist and you too. Let me elaborate it to you. General anesthesia involves making a person unconscious and making him totally relaxed by giving a medication called muscle relaxant. With unconsciousness and muscle relaxa...  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 I get a spinal block for laparotomy instead of general anesthesia?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with a 13 cm complex cyst in left ovary and have a laparotomy (small 3 to 4 inches vertical incision under my belly button to get rid of ovarian cyst) coming up and I would feel so much better if I could just get a spinal block instead of general anesthesia. I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Jadhav Yatish Anant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Spinal anesthesia is good for surgeries below umbilicus eg., pelvic surgeries, and ovarian cyst as in your case. But the size of your cyst is large, more than 10 cm and it is a complex cyst (not simple) which would mean surgeon may have to see other intrabdominal struct...  Read Full »

Will recent intake of 5 mg Cialis cause complications in spinal anesthesia?

Query: Dear doctor, I am undergoing a spinal anesthesia on the 11th for an inguinal hernia condition that I have. However, during a party with friends, I accidentally took a 5 mg Cialis tablet. I have heard that this may create complications in anesthesia. I am really tensed whether to go ahead with the su...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthic Natarajan Babu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query regarding the spinal anesthesia. The Cialis tablet should not have any effect for the procedure on the 11th. Usually the drug effect lasts for only for 36 to 40 hours. Even spinal anaesthesia guidelines is for stoppage of such drugs for 24 hours pri...  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 »

Why am I having pain in the back where anesthesia was administered during a spine surgery?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a spinal cord injury last week, and an MRI revealed that I have a cyst at some d6-d7 level. I had surgery to get it removed. Now I have discomfort in the place where the anesthetic was administered? Is it possible that I will experience pain for another reason? or did I get it right...  Read Full »

Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Usually, in spinal surgery, a general anesthetic will be used for spinal surgery. There is no specific location for anesthetic. Anesthesia will be given through the IV (intravenous) line. During this process, a tiny tube will be put through t...  Read Full »

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