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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)

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £2,325 Included £2,325
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £2,525

Specialists offering Spinal anaesthetic

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Dr Yasser Mehrez

Consultant In Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

MBChB, FRCA, MSc Anaesthesia, FFPMRCA

The Saxon Clinic

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Dr Husham Al-Shather

Consultant in pain management and anesthesia


Circle Reading Hospital

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Dr Maheshwar Chaudhari

Consultant in Pain Management

MBBS, MD(Anaesthesia), FRCA, FFPMRCA

The Droitwich Spa Hospital

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Dr Arun Natarajan

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Medicine

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

Bishops Wood Hospital 1 more The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Prof George Ghaly

Consultant in Anaesthetics and Pain Management


The Beaumont Hospital

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Dr Patrick McGowan

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Specialist


The Kings Oak Hospital 2 more The Cavell Hospital Hendon Hospital

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