Pain Centre



Is an epidural safe?

An epidural is a very safe anaesthetic technique and serious complications are rare.

What is an epidural?

The epidural space is a very narrow space that is situated immediately outside the spinal fluid.

How is an epidural injection done?

Having an epidural is not really painful. Patients report that it feels “strange”, like a pressure in the back. This section describes the method involved.

Can I get out of bed?

Depending on the concentration of the local anaesthetic used for the epidural pain relief, one will have control over the muscles in the legs or not.

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