Does an epidural hurt?

Placement of an epidural should not be painful. Normally an injection of numbing medication like lidocaine is placed in the skin before starting. You may feel pressure during the procedure.

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NPO

Nil per os, Latin for “nothing by mouth”

Nothing per mouth or NPO refers to the direction of having nothing to eat or drink during a time period before surgery. Usually begins midnight the day before.

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