Walking Epidural as Pain Relief in Labor
Once the spinal needle is placed through the epidural needle, a quick acting
narcotic is given through it. Sometimes a very small dose of a local
anesthetic is also given. When these medications are injected, the patient
should begin to feel pain relief begin within a minute or two. The spinal
needle is then removed. Note that the epidural needle remains in the correct
location and is not removed at this point.
After the spinal needle is removed, a catheter is placed through the
remaining epidural needle, the needle removed and the catheter secured to
the patient’s back with tape. It is now possible to administer additional
medication as needed through this catheter. The procedure is then complete.
Your blood pressure will be monitored for any severe decreases and to treat
Many women prefer this type of epidural, because it leaves them in
There are some disadvantages to the combined spinal-epidural technique when
While rare – this headache can be a major annoyance for the patient after
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If you have a concern about your condition, please contact your doctor.
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