How Much Does an Epidural Cost?
An epidural refers to the space around the dura mater of one’s spinal cord where a painkilling treatment, or anesthetic, is inserted through a fine tube. This blocks the nerves from sending and receiving signals, allowing the patient to feel no pain in the area below the epidural. Most often, an epidural procedure is associated with childbirth, although it can also be applied for treatment of sciatica, neuralgia, and other types of medical conditions.
How much does it cost?
- On wiki.answers.com, a woman shared that her epidural cost $1,300.
- On other forum sites, the cost could range from $1,000 to $1,500, depending largely on where the patient is located or where she had the epidural. This is according to the women who shared their experiences about the procedure.
- On average, plan on budgeting around $800 to $1,800 for an epidural without any sort of insurance. If you do have health insurance, check with your policy to see what is going to be covered.
- For those who do not have a health insurance policy, eHealthInsurance.com can help you sort through thousands of options.
What are going to be included?
- If you intend to have an epidural, you must have to discuss the matter thoroughly with your anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist, particularly if you have any drug allergies, history of reactions to anesthesia; you should also discuss your own family history.
- You will be made to lie on your side or sit leaning forward, curling up tightly so the anesthetist is able to see the path of your spine.
- After your back is washed with cold liquid and sanitized using a special formula, a hollow needle will be inserted between the vertebrae in your back, through which a thin tube will be passed.
- The anesthetic will be introduced slowly through the tube to numb the lower portion of your abdomen.
- Some insurance companies may or may not cover the epidural expenses.
What are the extra costs?
- When complications occur, you will most likely end up spending more than what you initially had planned to pay for it.
- Some insurance companies cover only a portion of the bill; other insurers do not pay for any of it.
Tips to know:
- Using epidural analgesia to reduce pain during labor can be very effective; however, it also poses some potentially negative effects. An epidural can affect the hormones of the woman, and this can have quite a few adverse affects. First, the woman may become loopy and unable to follow instructions given by the doctor. Second, it is thought that having an epidural will cause your labor to be much longer than it would have been without it. Another negative outcome of having an epidural is that you are 2.5 times more likely to need a C-section. These are only a few of the reasons why some people think epidurals should be avoided.
- Epidural anesthesia is one of most popular, albeit controversial, forms of treatment to reduce pain in labor and childbirth.
- Not all hospitals offer epidurals; if you are planning to have one, you must check with the hospital where you want admitted.
- Among the minor side effects of epidural include: numbness, headache, or shivering. But there have also been extremely rare cases of paralysis.
- An epidural is not for everyone. Some obstetrical situations may promote a healthier labor and indirectly benefits the baby. However, it is also a fact that an ill-timed epidural may restrict the normal progress of labor, causing a negative impact on the newborn.
- You should be aware of these maternal risks if you have epidural: hypotension; urine retention and after-birth bladder dysfunction; post-partum backache; unmanageable quivering; nausea and vomiting; irritation on the face, neck, and throat; fever; headache; feeling of emotional detachment; post-partum feeling of regret or loss of autonomy; loss of perineal sensation and sexual function; convulsions; cardiac arrest; allergic shock; respiratory paralysis; nerve injury; epidural abscess, and; worse, maternal death.
Questions to ask:
- What are the safer alternatives to epidural?
- What would be the most likely side effects of epidural on my baby?
- What does “feeling of emotional detachment” mean? And how will it affect my relationship with my child?
How can I save money?
- It is so much better to go on natural or regular childbirth or to look for other alternatives than to risk your life with an epidural.
- If you really desire to have an epidural, inquire for rates from different facilities and compare prices. You must also inquire from your insurance company regarding how much they will cover for the epidural.
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