Spine Archive: Spinal Anesthesia

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What is Spinal Anesthesia?

Learn about spinal anesthesia and how it can be successful. Learn more about spine surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal anesthesia is a technique used prior to surgery in which a local anesthetic is injected into target areas along the spine to block pain and make surgical procedures possible while the patient is conscious. Typically it is administered through a small needle and has found success in older patients, especially in lumbar spinal surgery cases. This is an alternative procedure to traditional anesthesia which is typically used to put the patient into a form of sleep or unconsciousness.

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Spinal Anesthesia Gaining Traction in Older Adults

Spinal anesthesia is gaining popularity in older adults. Learn more about spine surgery in Dr. Anthony Leone’s Knowledge Center.

Spinal anesthesia is becoming a popular substitute over traditional anesthesia techniques. It’s increasingly being used in lumbar surgery cases on older adults who especially are prone to fewer anesthetic risks. Studies conducted under spinal anesthesia have yielded positive results. Most patients are up and moving the same day as their surgery or the following day. Surgeries utilizing spinal anesthesia yielded no strokes, pulmonary embolisms, or death and were therefore considered successful.