During the procedure, the patient lies either on their stomach or on their side. A local anesthetic will be injected into the lower back numbing the area and reducing the pain of the procedure. Next, The Spine & Pain Center physician will use a fluoroscope to reduce the opportunity for error as they guide the needle into the exact location in the epidural space.
After determining the correct position, the injection is administered. It isn’t painful but the patient may feel some pressure during the procedure depending upon the amount of medication injected. Finally, the needle is removed and the injection site is bandaged. There will be a brief time of recovery at the office following the procedure but the patient will be released to go home within a few minutes.