Epidural Steroid Injection (cont.)
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Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure
After the area is prepared and numb the doctor will insert the needle though the skin toward the spine. Once the needle is in the proper space a small amount of dye may be injected to verify the position of the needle on the X-ray. After this the mixture of numbing medication and steroid in injected in the epidural space. The needle is then removed and a band-aid is placed over the site.
After the Procedure
After the injection the patient will likely be taken to a recovery room where they will be monitored for up to an hour. Following this the patient will be allowed to leave. The patient:
It is normal to have some mild drowsiness, and numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs for the remainder of the day. These symptoms will gradually wear off be the end of the day.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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