What are spinal block and epidural anesthesia?

These are two techniques used to eliminate pain during a surgical or obstetrical procedure. They numb the part of the body that is being operated on:

A spinal block consists of injecting a medication (local anesthetic) into the cerebrospinal fluid (spine) where the nerve roots are located. This involves the use of a needle that is then removed. In rare cases, a catheter (very small soft tube) is placed through the needle to allow additional doses of medication to be injected.

What is general anesthesia?

This is a technique used to eliminate pain during a surgical, obstetrical or medical procedure (endoscopy, radiology, etc.). It is induced by injecting medication or inhaling anesthetic vapors.

These substances put you into a state comparable to very deep sleep.

Watch the video below for more information :

Pulsations TV Octobre 2015 - Elisabeth a rendez-vous chez son médecin oncologue aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève pour se faire prescrire une chimiothérapie.