Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia:
What is it?

Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia:
How is it Used?


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Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia Side Effects and Warnings

Side Effects and Warnings

#Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have spinal and epidural anesthesia, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Severe headache or back pain
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to the anesthetic used

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Prior allergic reactions to anesthetics
  • Dehydration
  • Immune system disorders

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.

#Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Persistent or severe headache or back pain
  • Dizziness, fainting
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling in your arms or legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Skin rash
  • Difficulty breathing

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

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