What is an epidural injection?

An epidural injection involves injecting local anaesthetics and steroids into an area called the epidural space, near your spinal cord. This numbs your nerves to provide pain relief. The steroids reduce inflammation and may make the pain relief last longer.

Epidural Injection

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Figure 1

What types of epidural injection are available?

The type of epidural injection depends on where it is given (see figure 1).

What are the benefits of an epidural injection?

An epidural injection can give you short-term pain relief, allowing you to move around more easily.

What does the procedure involve?

An epidural injection usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

Your doctor will insert a needle and inject the anaesthetic. Your doctor will then remove the needle.

What complications can happen?

  • Failure of the epidural
  • Worsening pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Temporary leg or arm weakness
  • Backache
  • Seizures
  • Unexpected high block
  • Infection around your spine
  • Nerve injury
  • Blood clot around your spine

Acknowledgements

Author: Dr Vanessa Hodgkinson FFPMRCA FRCA and Dr Iain Moppett DM MRCP FRCA

Illustrations: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical Art. All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com


Issue date
2017-03-01
Expire date
2018-02-28

Epidural Injection - how long does it take?

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