MR GORDON MUIR / TONY MCCONNELL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MR GORDON MUIR / TONY MCCONNELL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Epidural anaesthetic. Image 2 of 4. Anaesthetist inserting a guide needle into the lower back of an 83 year old man. This will be used to insert a catheter into the epidural space (the space around the membranes that surround the spinal cord), through which anaesthetic will be administered. The area around the needle has been numbed with local anaesthetic. The epidural anaesthetic will cause a loss of sensation and loss of pain in the lower half of the body. The patient is being anaesthetised prior to prostate laser surgery. An epidural is being used instead of a general anaesthetic as the patient is elderly with a history of heart problems. For a sequence showing the procedure see M554/451 to M554/454.
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