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Spinal anaesthetic

Spinal anaesthetic numbs your nerves to give you pain relief in certain areas of your body, and usually lasts between one to three hours.

What is a spinal anaesthetic?

A spinal anaesthetic involves injecting drugs into an area called the subarachnoid space near the spinal cord. The drugs numb your nerves to give pain relief in certain areas of your body. Spinal anaesthetic can be used either on their own while you are awake, or in combination with sedation or general anaesthesia. They can also be used after your operation to give effective pain relief. Spinal anaesthetic

What does the procedure involve?

Your anaesthetist will insert the needle, inject drugs through it and then remove the needle (see figure 1). It should not be painful, although it can be uncomfortable. A spinal anaesthetic usually lasts between one to three hours. The anaesthetist will put enough drugs through the needle to make sure that it lasts longer than the expected length of the operation.

What complications can happen?

  • Failure of the spinal
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Itching
  • Bladder-emptying problems
  • Backache
  • Loss or change of hearing
  • Nerve damage

Spinal anaesthetic summary

A spinal can be used for most people, usually giving a safe and effective form of pain relief both during and after your operation.

Spine injection for pain (1-2) (local anaesthetic)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,950 Included £1,950
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,150

Specialists Offering Spinal anaesthetic

Dr Yasser Mehrez

Consultant In Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

MBChB, FRCA, MSc Anaesthesia, FFPMRCA

BMI The Saxon Clinic

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Dr Ayman Eissa

Consultant in Pain Medicine


BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Patrick McGowan

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Specialist


BMI The Kings Oak Hospital 2 more BMI The Cavell Hospital BMI Hendon Hospital

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Dr Maheshwar Chaudhari

Consultant in Pain Management

MBBS, MD(Anaesthesia), FRCA, FFPMRCA

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

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Dr Shankar Ramaswamy

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management


BMI The Sloane Hospital 1 more BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Dr Arun Natarajan

Consultant Anaestehtics & Pain Medicine

M.B.,B.S, M.D (Anaesthetics), DNB (Anaesthetics), FRCA, FFPMRCA

BMI Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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