Epidural Myths Debunked

epiduralMore than 60 percent of women in America choose to get epidurals however, are still a lot of misconceptions about the procedure. Here are just a few of the myths surrounding epidurals:

1.Epidurals are the same as spinal taps

An epidural involves injecting pain relief medication into a space between the vertebrae and the spinal fluid. It takes about fifteen minutes to work and lasts as long as necessary. Spinals take about five minutes to kick in and are injected directly into the spinal fluid.

2.Epidurals can’t be received until you’re 4 cm dilated

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, patients in early labor should be offered the option of receiving an epidural when the service is available, and it should not be withheld based on dilation.

3.None of the medication reaches the baby

Any medicine that you take will reach the baby, but the amount of an epidural that reaches the baby is very small. If you’re concerned about the medicine reaching the baby, consider natural labor or a spinal. The amount of medicine that reaches the bloodstream from a spinal is even smaller than the amount of the epidural.

4. Epidurals are guaranteed to work

While epidurals work a majority of the time, around five percent of women don’t feel relief after receiving the pain medication. To ensure you get the necessary amount of medication, patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) is becoming a more popular option. This way, women can control their pain without the risk of overdosing.

5. Epidurals are painful to receive

The epidural needle is only in place for about two minutes. Since the area is numbed with local anesthetic, you’ll feel pressure, but not pain when receiving the epidural.

If you have concerns about the risks of receiving an epidural, contact one of our physicians

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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