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Epidural Steroid Injection

At the time of your appointment, a technologist will explain the procedure, ask you to watch a short video and sign a consent form confirming that you did view the video. The video can also be viewed prior to an appointment by clicking here. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to change into a gown to wear during the exam.

During the exam, you will be positioned on your stomach on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the Radiologist easy access to the injection site(s). You will be made as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

Using fluoroscopic guidance, the Radiologist will numb the area and then place a needle into the epidural space around the spinal nerves and spinal cord. The Radiologist confirms placement by injecting a small amount of x-ray contrast dye. Then, a steroid mixed with sterile saline is instilled through that needle. This decreases inflammation and swelling, often resulting in long term pain relief that may delay or remove the need for spinal surgery.

It may take 12-48 hours to realize the full effects of the steroid medication.

Facet Injection

At the time of your appointment, a technologist will explain the procedure, ask you to view a short video and sign a consent form confirming that you did view the video. The video can also be viewed prior to an appointment by clicking here. This is also the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to change into a gown to wear during the exam.

During the exam, you will be positioned on your stomach or side on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the Radiologist easy access to the injection site(s). You will be made as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

Using fluoroscopic guidance, the radiologist will numb the area and then slowly advance a needle into the facet joint your doctor has specified. A small amount of contrast may be injected to confirm appropriate needle placement and then an injection of local anesthetic and steroid will be administered through that needle.

The anesthetic may help within a few minutes but it can take up to 48 hours to realize the full effects of the steroid medication.

Hip Injection

If you have a referral for bilateral (both) hip injections, they will need to be scheduled on separate days.

At the time of your appointment, a technologist will explain the procedure. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to change into a gown to wear during the exam.

During the exam, you will be positioned on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the Radiologist easy access to the injection site(s). You will be made as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

Using fluoroscopic guidance the radiologist will numb the area and then slowly advance a needle into the hip joint. A small amount of x-ray contrast may be injected to confirm appropriate needle placement and then an injection of local anesthetic and steroid will be administered through that needle.

The anesthetic may help within a few minutes but it can take up to 48 hours to realize the full effects of the steroid medication.

Joint Injection

At the time of your appointment, a technologist will explain the procedure. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. You may be asked to change into a gown to wear during the exam.

During the exam, you will be positioned on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the Radiologist easy access to the injection site(s). You will be made as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

Using fluoroscopic guidance the radiologist will numb the area and then slowly advance a needle into the joint space. A small amount of x-ray contrast may be injected to confirm appropriate needle placement and then an injection of local anesthetic and steroid will be administered through that needle.

The anesthetic may help within a few minutes but it can take up to 48 hours to realize the full effects of the steroid medication.

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For your convenience, please print and fill out the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment. Or you may complete them when you arrive.

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