Spinal Anaesthetic


A spinal anaesthetic, also known as a spinal block, is a single injection of local anaesthetic into the middle of your lower back.  This differs to an epidural anaesthetic, whereby a catheter sits in an epidural space so anaesthesia can continue to be administered to extend the duration of the block.


A spinal anaesthetic lasts for about 1½ to 4 hours.


A spinal anaesthetic may be used as an alternative to a general anaesthetic for some operations below the waist, avoiding the possible side-effects of a general anaesthetic. It may be combined with a general anaesthetic so you are asleep, or you can remain awake but have a sedative to help you relax.


A spinal anaesthetic can be used for:

  • Orthopaedic lower limb surgery
  • General surgery, including hernia repair, varicose veins, and haemorrhoids
  • Vascular surgery
  • Gynaecology surgery
  • Urology, including prostate removal and bladder surgery.


What happens during this procedure?

You will be helped into the correct position for the spinal injection. You will either sit on the side of the bed with your feet on a low stool or you will lie on your side, curled up with your knees tucked up towards your chest. The skin around the injection site will be cleaned with antiseptic and you will be given an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the area.


Your Anaesthetist will then administer the spinal injection into the epidural space, the area surrounding the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of it. You may feel some pressure or a dull ache but the injection is not generally painful.


When the injection is finished, you will be asked to lie flat. Within five to ten minutes you will be numb and unable to move your legs or feel any pain below the waist.


How long will it take to recover?

After a spinal anaesthetic you will need to rest until the effects have worn off. Feeling and movement should return to normal within a few hours, often beginning with a tingling sensation.


If returning home within 24 hours of having a spinal anaesthetic you will need someone to drive you.


Recovery will be depend on the treatment you have received. Your consultant will advise how long you should rest for and when you can resume your normal activities.  If you have bruising and tenderness around the injection site this can be relieved with painkillers and an ice pack.


Need Help?

At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist Pain Management or Spinal Consultant, usually within 48 hours, for an initial consultation.  Spinal anaesthetic is available at One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire.


You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Spinal Anaesthetic treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Ashford Hospital

Why One Ashford Hospital

  • Access to leading Consultants within 48 hours*
  • 0% and low interest finance options**
  • Competitive fixed-price packages
  • Modern purpose-built hospital
  • Private, spacious, ensuite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little waiting time for surgery
  • Calm, dignified experience

*Dependent on Consultant availability
**Terms and conditions apply

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Pain Management Pricing Guide at One Ashford Hospital

This is a list of guide prices for some of common Pain Management treatments and procedures.

Treatment Guide/Fixed Price

Monthy from

Back Pain - Dorsal Root Block £1,500 £33.52
Back Pain - Epidural Injection £1,200 £26.81
Back Pain - Facet Joint Injection £1,500 £34.64
Back Surgery (Slipped Disc) Lower Back £5,020 £112.85
Back Surgery (Primary posterior fusion) £9,925 £222.34

*Fixed-price package

If treatment for your condition is not listed above, contact the hospital on 01233 423 303 where a member of our Reservations team can provide you with a quote. 

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