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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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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »
What could be the reason for my back pain after three months of delivery?
Query: Hello doctor,It has been three months since my delivery, but I still have a severe back pain. The doctor told me there could be an infection in the uterus. So, I took tablets for it, but I did not recover. Is there any other reason for having a back pain after delivery? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have missed mentioning if it was a normal vaginal delivery or a caesarean section. If it was a normal delivery, there is a remote possibility that the retained products within the uterus lead to an infection, in which case they have to be removed. Nowadays, this ... Read Full »
Even after having a spinal block for C-section, I was able to feel everything. Why?
Query: Hello doctor,I had a spinal block during C-section. But, I was able to feel the surgeon performing the surgery, and it was so painful. So they gave me general anesthesia, and I was intubated. I did feel some numbness in my lower body when they administered the spinal block, but I was still able to f... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. Sometimes, it is possible that even after giving spinal anesthesia the effect of the anesthesia is partial, it means at some parts the effect is present and some parts it is not. There may be so many reasons contributing to it, for example, the... Read Full »
I am afraid of doing uterine septum removal under general anesthesia. Kindly suggest.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38 year old female, who weighs 200 lbs and I am 5.4 feet tall. I have to get a uterine septum removed, and I am terrified of going under general anesthesia. I never had any surgeries in the past. My cholesterol levels are slightly raised, and I have Raynaud's disease. I get panic a... Read Full »
Dr. Kiran Kumar Kolla Gopalkrishna
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail. Please be free of tension. I understand your concerns, but there is no need to panic. Your anesthetist will do a pre-anesthesia workup before the scheduled surgery. ECG (electrocardiography) and echocardiogram are needed as you are ob... Read Full »
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 v... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »