Will my child's pain go away with an epidural catheter?

An epidural catheter helps bring your child’s pain down to an acceptable level. The care team can adjust the medication as needed.

What can I expect from an epidural catheter?

Here is what you can expect from your child’s epidural catheter:

  • The epidural catheter can help your child feel more comfortable before and after surgery.
  • The catheter usually stays in for 1-3 days, depending on your child’s needs.
  • Your child will stay in the hospital while the catheter is in place.
  • When your child no longer needs the medication, the care team can turn off the medication stream. The medication wears off after 1-2 hours.
  • If your child still has pain after the catheter is removed, the care team will talk with you about different ways to relieve pain.

When will the epidural catheter be removed?

The care team will remove the epidural catheter before your child goes home. Removing the catheter does not hurt.

Rev. 4/2018. Reviewed by the MGfC Family Advisory Council. This webpage is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.