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Epidural Injections are anaesthetics or steroids that are injected into an area around the spinal cord called the ‘Epidural Space’. The injection will allow the nerves that carry the sensations of pain, to block the feeling from below the area injected.

Why you might need it

You may be experiencing back pain or sciatica (shooting pain down one or both legs) and an epidural may allow you to live a more active and pain-free life.

Your Consultation

You will have a consultation with a consultant, during which you can discuss your symptoms, your medical history and ask any questions that you may have.

Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect. Your consultant may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.

We understand that this can be a daunting time so our friendly and caring team will be sure to put you at rest and make your experience with us, as comfortable as possible.

The Procedure

An epidural injection consists of a local anaesthetic, a steroid or a combination of the two. The site of your epidural will depend on the area of your pain and will be discussed with your consultant at your consultation.

The area of injection will be cleaned and you may be given a small local anaesthetic injection to numb the area first. Your doctor will guide the needle to the affected area of your spine and they may need to inject a type of dye called contrast media to help highlight where the needle needs to go. Depending on whether any x-ray images are needed of the area the procedure can take between a few minutes to 20 minutes.


Recovery Time

You will need to arrange someone to take you home as you will be unable to drive immediately following the procedure. You will be able to go home once you are able to move about on your own, and should rest for 24 hours afterwards.


Your consultant will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to monitor your progress and improvements in your pain.


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Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.

Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.

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