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.
How It’s Performed
Prior to the epidural injection, the skin is numbed with lidocaine, which is similar to the Novocain that the dentist uses (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.
Candidates For This Procedure
Epidural injections can be used for people with symptoms of disk herniation, sciatica, nerve root compression and inflammation in the spine.
How Long It Takes
Usually between 15 and 30 minutes.
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 prior to the epidural injection) may typically be resumed the following day.
Epidural injections may successfully relieve symptoms caused by a herniated disc. 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.