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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Spinal Anesthesia

A regional anesthetic technique where a local anesthetic is placed into the spinal canal using a very small needle. No catheter is left in place. The patient becomes completely numb and unable to move from about the bottom of the ribcage down to the toes. Patients can remain awake for the procedure (usually for a c-section) but they often receive sedation along with the spinal.

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