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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Spinal vs. epidural

Dear Dr. Amy,

I am 37/ 1/2 weeks almost 38 weeks tuesday. The baby will be c-sectioned, october.24,2005. This is my 2nd c-section and my doctor said I'm having a spinal not a epidural. Is the spinal better? What they will do and what should I expect because the epidural really hurt me.

Sincerely,

Lacy

Dear Lacy,

An epidural is recommended for labor because the anesthesiologist can add to it to continue it for as many hours as necessary. A spinal lasts for about 1 1/2-2 hours, more than enough time for a C-section. A spinal is easier and faster to put in, too. The needle is inserted in the same place on your back, but the anesthetic is simply injected and the needle is removed. There is no catheter (small tube) that is left in your back.

Sincerely,

Amy

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