These techniques provide very effective post operative pain control, but are suitable only for some types of surgery. They are commonly used in caesarian sections. Patients having chest and abdominal procedures can achieve superior pain control using this technique. Epidurals and spinals are also used successfully in patients having hip or knee replacements. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with this technique and we encourage you to discuss this with your anaesthetist at the time of the pre-op visit.
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