Epidural Anaesthesia involves the injection of local anaesthetic drugs through a small catheter into an area outside the spinal cord into the spine known as the “epidural space”. This produces a loss of sensation, pain and movement within 5 to 15 minutes, in the lower body for surgery. It can also be used to provide just pain relief for up to 3 days via the catheter. Epidural catheters are used for pain relief in child birth, and can be strengthened to provide full anaesthesia for Caesarian Section.
Modern anaesthesia is generally very safe. Unfortunately with every anaesthetic technique there is a possibility of unwanted side effects or complications. These may be unpleasant but can be treated and usually do not last long.
Common side effects of Epidural are: