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Epidural anaesthesia

Epidural anaesthesia, often referred to as an epidural, is an injection into the back that numbs the lower half of the body and stops any pain being felt.
When an epidural is used
Epidurals can be used to numb sensation and provide pain relief in natural childbirth, during a caeserean section and after some types of surgery.
How an epidural is performed
Epidural anaesthetics are given by experienced anaesthetists, who are doctors with specialist training in providing pain relief during medical procedures.
Side effects of an epidural
There are a number of potential side effects that can occur after having an epidural including low blood pressure, loss of bladder control and backache.
Complications of an epidural
Epidural anaesthesia is usually a safe and reliable method of pain relief. However, complications such as headaches and infection can sometimes occur.