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Epidural Steroid Injection (cont.)

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 is 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:

  • should plan to rest for the remainder of the day,
  • may eat and drink without any restrictions,
  • should avoid driving and operating machinery for at least 12 hours after the injection.

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.

Last Reviewed 12/12/2017

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