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This page will provide you with information about an epidural injection for chronic pain relief. For further details, you should speak to your consultant.
An epidural injection is where local anaesthetics and steroids are injected into the epidural area, which is near the spinal cord. The injection numbs the nerves, which gives patients pain relief. The steroids help to prolong the pain relief by limiting any inflammation.
The exact type of epidural you receive will depend on the location of your pain (see figure 1).
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If effective, an epidural injection should limit pain and make you feel more comfortable.
Using a needle, your consultant will inject the anaesthetic and steroids into the epidural space. This process typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
Most surgical procedures carry some level of risk or possible complication. These will be discussed with you by your consultant or pre-assessment nurse prior to your procedure.
Most patients find that an epidural injection to be a safe and effective method for relieving them of pain.
References: EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.