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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Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA)

A tube with an inflatable cuff that is inserted into the throat after going to sleep to manage breathing while unconscious, similar to an endotracheal tube; an LMA causes less irritation than an ETT and is useful in specific situations, though it does not prevent aspiration.

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