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Epidural—discharge advice following epidural/spinal anaesthesia

You have had an epidural and/or spinal as part of your pain management at Mater. While complications are extremely rare, they can be serious and include:

  • redness or swelling at the epidural/spinal site
  • increasing back pain, especially near the insertion site of the epidural/spinal
  • changes in the sensation of your legs, including numbness, tingling or weakness
  • changes to your bladder or bowel control
  • a headache that is made worse by standing or being upright and eases when lying flat.

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms please contact your obstetrician.

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430021
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2014
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