How is an epidural given?
A member of the anesthesia team will place the tiny epidural "catheter" or
tube after numbing your skin with a local anesthetic. You will be asked to sit
up on the side of the bed or lie on your side with your knees drawn up and
your back arched. Once correctly positioned, the tiny tube will be taped to
your back so that medications can be given when needed for continued pain
relief. This tiny plastic tube is so thin and flexible you won't feel it, even
when lying on your back.