View Full Version : How long does a spinal block last for?

15-07-2006, 09:08
I am having an elective CS in 3 weeks. How long will it be for me to use my legs again. I am going in at 6.30am and I don't know when they are doing it but would like to know if that same day I will be able to get out of bed on my own??? Last time it took a whole day so it was no point having visitors.

15-07-2006, 09:42
I had use of my legs (but a bit wobbly) within an hour of an epi, sorry not sure with the spinal. I did have a spinal with my c/section for my second and I could move my legs around within the same period of time but there is no way I could have walked around, mainly due to complications and the fact that I had just had surgery. I got up the next day.

15-07-2006, 10:04
I had a spinal with my second c-section. I think it took a few hours to totally wear off. But I agree with Happylady; I wouldnt be walking around until the next day after major surgery. Plus I wouldnt want visitors until the next day anyway (besides close family). But that is just my opinion; if you feel that you can get up and walk around and the nurses think it's fine then go for it.:D

15-07-2006, 10:27

I also had a c-section with an epi. I could move my legs within an hour or so but I couldn't get up and walk around as I was to sore and also I had a catherda ( I think thats how you spell it) in. But I also had complications. I think it is normal to be moving around the next day a little or with the help from a nurse/midwife. Buy the third day I was up and about no problems.

I agree with PMS if the nurses say its alright and you feel up to it, it's proberly a good thing to move around.


15-07-2006, 10:41
I've had this twice. Both times the spinal wore off about 5 hours later i think. But you can't get up because you'll still have the catheter in til the next morning... oh and yes, u best give the wound time to settle.
But its not bad.
I wouldn't have visitors first day anyway. Give you a chance to bond as a family. IMO. :D

15-07-2006, 10:54
A tip for you make sure they have your weight absoultey correct they got my weight wrong and gave me to much resulting in me not being able to swallow!! mine lasted 18 hours no mobility at all they had to turn me every hour so I didn't get pressure in one spot to long!!

15-07-2006, 11:48
My spinal wore off within an hour...... I was actually able to wiggle my toes about 15 mins after they had finished stitching me up!! Then move my legs about 15 mins later.

15-07-2006, 13:56
Thanks for the info I will now know when to tell the relo's to visit.

20-07-2006, 20:00

I don't remember how long it took to wear off but I wasn't allowed out of bed for the first 24 hours and had a catheter and when I did get out I had to be supported by 2 nurses just to go to the loo. To be honest, time was a blur as I'd already spent 4 weeks in hospital before the birth.

21-07-2006, 08:49
I had a spinal block for my elective c/s nearly a year ago. It lasted 5 hrs (I had it around 1pm), but wasn't out of bed and walking til the next morning - due to the catheter and giving my body some time to heal after surgery. I only had my and my husbands immediate family visit on the first day, but had lots of visits the next day (public holiday) and found it quite exhausting. My advice is try to pace your visitors and take advantage of the rest periods when you can!! Good luck!

21-07-2006, 09:14
I walked around with my catheter in no problems.
LOL Natasha, I could wiggle my toes as they were stitching me up. I was getting rather concerned at that time! Couldn't feel a thing though.

22-07-2006, 00:01
I moved legs a little when I was in recovery and the nurses were changing my pads for me (that was probably the most humiliating bit of my whole birthing experience...the fact that someone else was changing my pads for me while I spewed on myself over and over again...lol).

There's no way I would have considered walking though...I could SORT OF move my legs, but I didn't have enough strength in my mid-section to support myself even into a sitting position (the bed had to do that for me).

I was told to cough and laugh...the pain involved in that alone was enough to frighten me from wanting to walk around. I got out of bed the next morning (less than 24 hours after my c-section) and it was the most incredible pain I've ever felt.

Personally, I was glad that I was in bed for that first night (after having a c-section I mean...if I had a VB I'd be happier)...the cathetar was HORRIBLE when they first put it in but it was a GODSEND that first night (I never even felt the urge to pee...it just slowly leaked out...).