Intradiscal Steroid Injection

It is suspected that the source of your pain may be coming from one or more of the discs in your spine, so your doctor has recommended an Intradiscal Steroid Injection.

The medication that will be injected includes a steroid (long-acting cortisone type medication).  The action of this medication is to reduce pain and inflammation.  The steroid may take anywhere from a few days to a week to start working.

An IV will be placed and you will receive IV antibiotic medication to minimize the risk of infection.

A nurse will walk into the procedure room with you, and will help you get positioned.  Your blood pressure and heart rate will be monitored throughout the procedure.  You may be given IV medication as a relaxant and pain reliever, but for your safety you will remain awake during the procedure.  Your skin will be washed with an antiseptic, and a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area to be treated.  X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy) will be used to assure proper placement of the needle and medication.  When the medication is injected you may feel an achy, pressure sensation.  This pressure is normal.  Your nurse will walk with you to the recovery area when your injection procedure is complete.

You will remain in recovery for a brief time before being discharged, and you will be given printed home care instructions to take with you.


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