Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia - Indications, Advantages, Disadvantages, Complications & Side Effects

Dr. Reeja Tharu
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Latest Publications and Research on Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia

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Treating Low Back Pain in Failed Back Surgery Patients with Multicolumn-lead Spinal Cord Stimulation.

Remacle T, Gilis N, Mauviel S, Remacle JM

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) refers to persistent, chronic pain following spinal surgery. Spinal cord stimulation with dorsal epidural leads ca... Read More

Source: PubMed

Wideochir Inne Tech Maloinwazyjne    

Spinal/epidural block as an alternative to general anesthesia for laparoscopic appendectomy: a prospective randomized clinical study.

Erdem VM, Donmez T, Uzman S, Ferahman S, Hatipoglu E, Sunamak O

Laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) has been generally performed under general anesthesia. Laparoscopic appendectomy is rarely performed under regional ane... Read More

Source: PubMed

Int J Obstet Anesth  2018 Jun 07  

Glossopharyngeal (IXth) cranial nerve palsy associated with postural change after accidental dural puncture.

Liao ZM, Ni J

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Source: PubMed

J Arthroplasty  2018 Jun 09  

Comparing the 30-Day Risk of Venous Thromboembolism and Bleeding in Simultaneous Bilateral vs Unilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty.

Masrouha KZ, Hoballah JJ, Tamim HM, Sagherian BH

Simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (SBTKA) may offer certain benefits; however, its overall safety is still disputed. This study aimed at ... Read More

Source: PubMed

Anesth Essays Res    

Comparison of Epidural Analgesia Using 0.2% Bupivacaine and 0.2% Ropivacaine for the Management of Postoperative Pain in Major Orthopedic Surgery.

Mehta S, Gajbhare MN, Kamble NP

Ropivacaine is preferred over racemic bupivacaine for postoperative analgesia as it is less cardiotoxic and has high selectivity for sensory fibers. W... Read More

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I had Ureteroscopy for stone and tumor disnosys in the ureta and went thru Epidural anesthesia, after that i am having sever pain in my left thighs and feet, the pain is sever when i tryt to walk or stand on my leg other wise the pain is very less. please let me know if somebody has solution to this. i sthis due to anesthesia complication, iam diabetic too.

i ask for epidural relation to urinary retention and neurodisorder in IDDM patient

I had laser lithotripsy for removal of stone in ureta and went thru Epidural anesthesia ,since then I have low back pain running thru me left thigh,leg and feet.Please let me know wheter it a complication of anesthesia?


Hey did you got some solution ot his or what is the cause of this, any idea?


I also had same surgery and m having pain in my back and neck...pls tell us if any1 knws anything??


65 yr male with no medical history underwent k-nailing with double recon screws for #shaft femur with I/T # under spinal block failed to respond to I/V fluids(4 crystalloids+2 colloids and dopamine or Noradr died after 1 hr of surgery with normal ECG findings and normal chest and SpO2


spinal anesthesia with.5%heavy sensorcain 4ml.immediatly after deposition of drug patient had intense itching on buttucks & pernium brncospasm,jerks convulsions cynosis comacontrary to usual finding of hypotention and bradycardia patint after intubation had hypertention150to200systolic and pulse 140 to 170/min. I am not sure for the cause. patient expired after 9hours


Itching and bronchospasm point towards an allergic cause. jerks convulsions cyanosis point towards improper or delayed airway control. Was after intubation {hypertention150to200systolic and pulse 140 to 170/min }the surge of intubation? Since the patient is dead, we can just prevent others from having the same fate. Drug injection intravenously is unlikely. Spinal anaes. is generally very safe if performed skillfully with the proper precautions by a trained physician with proper guidance and adequate resources at his/her disposal.

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