Epidural Injection for Chronic Pain Relief

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What is an epidural injection?

An epidural injection involves injecting local anaesthetics and steroids into the epidural space (an area near your spinal cord). This numbs your nerves to give pain relief in certain areas of your body.

How does an epidural injection work?

A needle is inserted in the epidural space, near your spinal cord. Local anaesthetics and steroids are injected through the needle into the epidural space.

The local anaesthetics numb the nerves to give pain relief. The steroids reduce inflammation and may make the pain relief last longer.

What types of epidural injection are available?

The type of epidural injection depends on where it is given.

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 may use an x-ray to guide them while they give the injection.

Your doctor will carefully insert the needle for the epidural injection.

The healthcare team will monitor you closely during and after the injection.

How soon will I recover?

Most people feel completely normal after the procedure. After a short while you should be able to go home.

What complications can happen?

Some complications can be serious and can even cause death.

  • Failure of the epidural
  • Worsening pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Temporary leg or arm weakness
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Unexpected high block, if the local anaesthetic spreads beyond the intended area
  • Infection around your spine
  • Short-term nerve injury
  • Visual disturbance or loss of vision
  • Long-term nerve injury
  • Blood clot around your spine
  • Paralysis

Availability

NHS/Private

Pricing*

Consultant
£150
Anaesthetist
-
Hospital
£717
Guide price
£867

*The prices shown are minimum guide prices only. Diagnostic scans and investigations are not included unless otherwise stated. The exact cost of treatment will be made clear to you before you proceed.

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An epidural injection can be used for most people, usually giving a safe and effective form of pain relief.

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