Epidural Catheter Application

Pain receptors located in many parts of the body receive the sensation of pain and transmit it to the spinal cord through various nerve fibers. It is then transferred to the central nervous system and the sensation of pain is perceived. Epidural Catheter application is a very successful method used to control acute or chronic pain occurring in many parts of our body.

The area called the epidural space is located within the entire spinal cord and starts from the base of the skull and extends to the coccyx. Medicines administered with the help of a catheter placed in this area play a major role in controlling acute or chronic pain. With epidural catheter application, pain is completely or largely relieved at the spinal cord level.

After the patient is positioned appropriately under operating room conditions and the back or waist area is sufficiently sterilized with the help of a fluoroscopy imaging device, the area to be operated on is determined. In order to avoid any complications later, some checks are carried out to verify the location where the intervention will be performed. After the appropriate spinous processes are identified, the appropriate needle is placed in the epidural area. The necessary procedures are completed by attaching a catheter to the tip of the needle.

Since access is made to a region along the spinal cord, the cerebrospinal membrane may be punctured or a total spinal block may be performed. Bleeding or various abscess formations may occur in the cerebrospinal membrane. Many complications may occur if the catheter placed in the epidural space breaks. Applied local anesthetic drugs may cause some toxic side effects.