Regional Anesthesia

Medication used to anesthetize a portion of the body, such as an arm or leg. Examples are nerve blocks, epidurals and spinal anesthesia.

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Spinal Anesthesia

A regional anesthetic technique where a local anesthetic is placed into the spinal canal using a very small needle. No catheter is left in place. The patient becomes completely numb and unable to move from about the bottom of the ribcage down to the toes. Patients can remain awake for the procedure (usually for a c-section) but they often receive sedation along with the spinal.

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