Pain Centre

Epidurals

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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Dr Raath originally specialised and worked as an anaesthesiologist in private practice. In 2008 he obtained his Fellowship In Interventional Pain Practice and since then has operated the the Pain Clinic at the Netcare Jakaranda Hospital in Pretoria which treats all forms of chronic pain. Read more here.

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