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Surgery: Epidural Nerve Blocks

In this technique local anaesthesia is introduced directly into the space surrounding the spinal cord of the patient. It blocks pain sensation to all areas of the body lower than the area infused on the cord. In humans it is a common form of pain management for women giving birth and in veterinary surgery we commonly use it for surgeries which involve bones and joints. By numbing these areas which have a higher proportion of pain receptors it allows a significant decrease in the amount of anaesthetic being used because the patient isn’t in as much pain during surgery.