An epidural is a continuous infusion of pain relief medicines given into the epidural space. This is an area close to the spinal cord and to the nerves supplying the area of surgery. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of epidural pain relief after an operation, how it works and what to expect when your child has epidural pain relief.
How does the epidural work?
When is an epidural used?
How long will my child need the epidural?
Can any child have an epidural?
- Problems with blood clotting or is taking blood thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin
- A spinal problem
- Previous allergic reaction to local anaesthetic medicine
- Any broken or infected skin on the back
- A dampened down immune system (immunocompromised) either due to medicines or illness
Are there any side effects and problems from an epidural?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.