Epidural Procedures

Minimally Invasive Interventional Techniques: Epidural Injection for Slipped Disc and Sciatica

Epidural neuroplasty are the injections administered to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders and arms caused by a pinched nerve or inflamed nerve(s) in the cervical spine. A cervical epidural is an injection of anti-inflammatory pain medications like cortison into the cervical region of the spine. This injection is not given in bone or spinal cord. A patient may need an epidural for one of many reasons. The procedure can be performed as a diagnostic tool in uncovering the exact site and nature of neck pain, or it can be used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Cervical epidural is typically reserved for cases where significant nerve damage around the spine is responsible for pain. Before the procedure, a patient is given a shot of local anesthetic to numb the area. Procedure is done under fluoroscopic(Special X-Ray) guidance and local Anesthesia. After confirmation of nerve roots involved, by injecting contrast as seen in this video, solution is injected. Procedure is done in OT and takes 25-30 minutes. After procedure patient is shifted to recover room for observation. Patients are usually discharged after 2 hours.


Safety, Efficacy of Epidural Steroid Injection and Minimally Invasive Interventional Techniques

Back pain may come from Disc, facet joints which are small joints in spine, muscles around spine, bones of spine and nerves coming from spine. You pain specialist after physical examination makes a provisional diagnosis and may order MRI/ CT Scan or X ray to confirm the diagnosis.

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