An epidural is a way to manage your child's pain after surgery. The epidural may be placed by the anesthesiologist after your child is asleep. Your child will be turned to his or her side, and the lower back will be washed. A small, soft plastic tube is placed in the lower back. The medication for pain will be given through this tube. The nurse and the anesthesiologist will set up a special pump that gives your child pain medicine 24 hours a day.
A clear bandage will cover the tubing over the lower back. The tubing will be taped to the shoulder with a gauze bandage.