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Epidural Anesthesia


Epidural anesthesia is medicine used to numb you so you do not feel pain during surgery. Epidural anesthesia is injected into your lower back. You may need this for childbirth or for pelvis or leg surgery. You may be numb to your waist or to your nipple line, depending on the surgery.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have trouble breathing.
  • Your heartbeat is slower than usual.
  • You have a seizure.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have a severe headache along with a fever and stiff neck.
  • You develop hives or swelling.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a new or worsening headache, or the pain is not relieved with medicine.
  • You have trouble urinating.
  • You have questions or concerns about epidural anesthesia.

Bathe carefully:

You may be able to shower the same day as your procedure. Do not take a bath or swim until your healthcare provider says it is okay.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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