This procedure is available to provide relief of lower back pain in the lumbar spine that may be traveling down the buttocks or legs. An epidural injection is used to calm down inflammation, particularly if you are suffering from degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, bone spurs or sciatica. Under fluoroscopic guidance, your pain management specialist can safely and effectively inject medication into the epidural space at the appropriate disc to provide you with pain relief.
The appointment time for a Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection is approximately 45-60 minutes. There are 3 different stages to the appointment.
After your procedure you are asked to rest for the remainder of the day and avoid any activities. Tenderness at the site of needle insertion may occur, in which case ice may be applied for 20 minutes every hour if necessary. Normal activities can be resumed the following day without restrictions. Your leg(s) may feel slight sense numbness up to 12 hours.
Certain procedures may be performed with local anesthesia. Your provider will discuss the necessity of this with you at your appointment prior to scheduling the procedure.