Home > Ask Our Experts > Is an Epidural Safe for a Kidney Transplant Patient?

Is an Epidural Safe for a Kidney Transplant Patient?

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 27 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
Epidural Kidney Transplant Kidney Pain


I have just been referred for a epidural to relieve chronic back pain but I am worried as I am a kidney transplant patient, do you think it is safe to have it done?

(Miss Julie Roache, 4 December 2008)


As a kidney transplant patient you are correct and very sensible to be cautious with any treatment you are about to receive and have every right to question your safety. Having a pain relieving epidural after a kidney transplant can be safe providing your blood pressure is stable.

Epidurals commonly cause a drop in blood pressure after it has been administered. This is known as hypotension and whilst it may not be too much of a concern for someone who is otherwise in good health, it may be a consideration for people with your circumstances. If your blood pressure drops too low after the epidural is given it may (not definitely) affect your kidney.

As you have a medical history it is reasonable to expect your epidural to be carried out by a consultant who will almost definitely be aware of your previous surgery. As a precaution however, please do express your concerns before the procedure and ask as many questions as you feel you need to be reassured that the epidural will help you.

As it is a pain relieving epidural, you will still retain mobility and not lose the function of the lower half of your body like you may if you were having surgery.

With regards to the procedure as a pain relieving issue, it is very safe and can offer many patients a lot of relief from very debilitating chronic back pain which unfortunately, many people suffer from. It is assumed that you have tried many other forms of pain relief which have either ceased to work or are not adequate enough for your symptoms.

When an epidural is given to relieve back pain the drugs used are a combination of local anaesthetic and steroids. These start acting soon after the epidural has been given and the effects can last for anything between a week or two up to a year. This can be very beneficial for those with chronic back pain as they can strengthen the back and stomach muscles whilst they are experiencing less pain which may help to relieve the symptoms long term.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Micky
    Re: Ligament Damage and Back Pain
    I had prolapse of rectum op in 2001.he also said he had repaired a ligament.cane home couldn't bare down to open bowels.lost…
    21 April 2017
  • Vis
    Re: Spinal Dislocation
    i have enjoyed the literature.
    17 April 2017
  • KFreedOM
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    I'm so glad to have read this article about dehydration affecting the disc. It just happened to be something that I was curious about and decided…
    26 December 2016
  • Kal
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    I was suffering from sciatic pain for nearly 1 year and don't have any idea what is the reason for pain. After 1 year 3 weeks back I went to…
    26 November 2016
  • Skb24 going on 75
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    I am 24 and i have severe back pain i have a buldging disc in my L1 and L5 almost my entire lower lumbar is dehydrated and i have lost nearly 50%…
    21 November 2016
  • billa
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    I am 25. My mri result shows I hv got dehydration of L4/5 disc.my doctor advice me to take Diclofenac and hv physiotherapy ,but I Still hv pain…
    16 October 2016
  • Salsybar
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    Hello all Im a newbie on here ...my long road started 4 years ago I had always been a fitness fanatic..vegetarian and look after myself At the…
    14 October 2016
  • Lorie
    Re: Dehydrated Discs
    All dics on mri are dehydrated with bulging at c4 and c5 also L4 and L5 amd an elongated conus medullaris. I have radiculopathy from neck to…
    7 October 2016
  • madan
    Re: Spinal Dislocation
    My father is 51 his spin has dislocated Lower region due to this he suffer pain on his one whole leg suggests me what should we do
    13 September 2016
  • zane
    Re: Spinal Dislocation
    I can literally see one of the nobs(disks or whatever it's called) on my back that is moved to right of my spine and out of line with the rest…
    25 August 2016
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the BackPainExpert website. Please read our Disclaimer.