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New options for analgesia... Epidural catheters

17 January 2020

Epidural analgesia injections can provide excellent analgesia often with complete blockade of the pain pathways. One limitation of the technique is the duration of action after a single injection which can vary from 10-24 hours.

For some patients such as trauma patients prior to surgical stabilisation of fractures and patients recovering from major hindquarter surgery such as hemipelvectomy, they can benefit from prolonged epidural analgesia by the placement of an epidural catheter.

As well as providing excellent analgesia they reduce the systemic side effects of the systemic use of high doses of other analgesics such as opiates. This is a procedure that our anaesthesia service are happy to perform on a routine basis.

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