DefinitionRegional anesthesia is a type of anesthesia. It blocks pain to a part of the body without causing sleep.
Reasons for ProcedureRegional anesthesia is used to make the body numb for surgery:
- It may be used with high-risk surgical patients. It is safer for them than general anesthesia .
- It has been proven beneficial in trauma, operation-related pain, and short and long term medical disease and pain states.
- Epidural anesthesia is often used during childbirth to relieve labor pains.
- It has been shown to help people be mobile sooner after surgery and increases duration of pain relief.
|Anesthesia Injection into Spinal Canal—Epidural|
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Possible ComplicationsProblems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Pain and tenderness around the injection site
- Bruising, infection, or bleeding of the injection site
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Nerve damage
- Medication mistakenly injected into a vein or artery
- Damage to organs