Spinal anesthesia involves the injection of a medicine into the
canal around the spinal cord. It is used to numb the body below the chest,
usually before a surgical procedure.
The area where the needle will be inserted is first numbed with a
local anesthetic, then the needle is guided into the spinal canal and the
anesthetic is injected. The person may not be able to move his or her legs
until the anesthetic wears off.
September 30, 2011
Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD, MD - Anesthesiology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
We are happy to take your appointment request over the phone, or, you may fill out an online request form.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.