Epidural Injections Procedure consists of an injection that delivers steroids directly into the epidural space of the spine. It is typically used to alleviate low back and or leg pain. Epidural injections can be used for sciatica, nerve root compression, and inflammation in the spine. They also may be used to delay or even eliminate the need for surgery or other procedures for some people who have severe pain caused by a herniated disc. An Epidural Injection usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
Before the epidural injection, the skin is numbed with lidocaine, similar to Novocain (a “local” anesthetic). Using fluoroscopy low dose x-ray for guidance, the physician directs a needle toward the epidural space. Sedation may be offered for patient comfort.
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20 to 60 minutes before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the epidural steroid injection. Normal activities (those that were done the week before the epidural injection) may typically be resumed the following day.
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