When the anaesthetist puts local anaesthetic into your skin to numb it, it can sting a bit. After that, it may feel a bit uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t hurt. You might feel the anaesthetist pushing as they put the epidural needle in.
You can find out more in the section ‘What does having an epidural feel like?’ above.
You might be offered an epidural if you’re having an operation on the lower part of your body. That includes surgery on your pelvis, legs or lower abdomen. It can also be used if you’re having gynaecology surgery or a caesarean section.
Read more about surgery and epidurals in the section ‘What is an epidural?’.
Yes, you can have an epidural for pain relief during and after an operation. An epidural catheter can stay in for a few days after your operation to give you continuous pain relief. Epidurals can also be used to relieve your pain during labour and the birth of your baby.
There is more information about pain management in the section ‘What is an epidural?’.
Feeling and movement usually comes back within a few hours of the epidural being stopped. But, depending on the type of anaesthetic, it can take up to 18 hours for everything to feel normal again. Tell your nurse if you need other painkillers.
You can find out more in the section ‘What to expect after an epidural’.
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