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Epidural Steroid Injection Preparation
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The patient will be given specific instruction from the doctor prior to coming for the injection. In most cases the patient can eat a small meal several hours prior to the injection. The patient can continue their normal medications with the exception of any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications. Please be sure to discuss all medications the patient is taking with the doctor when scheduling the injection to discuss the possibility of discontinuing any of them prior to the injection.
After the patient arrives for your epidural steroid injection an intravenous (IV) line will be placed in one of the veins. The patient may be given a medication to help them relax during the procedure. The patient will then be placed on an X-ray machine over a bolster to help open up the spaces between the bones in the back. An X-ray will be obtained to verify the proper level for the injection. The skin will be cleaned and prepared for the injection. The skin will then be injected with a medication to numb the area.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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