When it is Used
Epidural anesthesia is commonly used to block the pain of childbirth, and for surgery on the hip and knee. It is used during major surgeries that may take a long time to perform. An epidural can also provide extended pain relief to a patient after a surgical procedure.
Patient Care and Safety
The type and amount of anesthesia used depends on the patient’s need. An anesthesia provider will consider the patient’s health, medication use, allergies, medical history and past use of anesthesia to decide what is best for the patient.