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What is an epidural steroid injection like?

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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Not bad: If you can relax and allow the person doing the procedure walk you through what he/she is doing, then it will be over before you know it. Local anesthetic is injected into the skin with a small needle and then another needle is placed into the epidural space so that anti-inflammatory drug (steroid) is placed near the site causing the nerve root irritation.
Dr. Foead Geula
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Short and safe: An epidural steroid injection is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that can be done under local anesthesia and light sedation. The patient like on their stomach while the nurse applies antiseptic to the back. Under fluoroscopic imaging, the pain doctor places a needle in the epidural space. Once proper placement is confirmed with contrast dye, the steroid is injected.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Leeanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 23 years experience
Small But Real Risk: Epidural injections are typically very routine, injections done under x-ray guidance without anesthetic. However, they are not without risk (i.e. Recent meningitis outbreak). Research shows that esis are effective only for a pinched nerve from herniated disk and correlating symptoms. Absent of both these conditions, there is not proven benefit>inherent risks. Esis have become highly overutilized.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Like Any Other Inj: The worse part of an epidural injection is typically the local anesthetic administered to numb the skin. After that the needle typically feels like pressure. However as the needle enters the spinal canal or around the nerve root there can be some pain that is transient. Complications can be bleeding, infection, nerve damage and paralysis, but these are extremely rare.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some benefits of an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Improvement: Epidural steroids are typically used to treat pain in the neck or back. The reason behind the treatment is to help reduce inflammation or swelling that is contributing to the symptoms of pain or numbness. Although not everyone feels better after an epidural steroid injection, many patients experience significant lessening of their pain. The injection may need to be repeated more than once.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Who should get an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 46 years experience
Primary for leg pain: They are used primary used when there is a pinched nerve in the back that is causing leg pain, ie sciatica.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is an epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Very safe: In the right hands by a well qualified pain management physician these injections have a very low complication rate. There is always a risk. If done without sedation, under fluoroscopic guidance and with the appropriate steroids the risks are very low.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are epidural steroid injection complications?

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Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 17 years experience
Epidural steroid : Infection, nerve injury, scar formation, failure to work, CSF leak etc etc, all of these are low however. I send my patients to guys and gals i trust, but just like any intervention, even in the best hands things can happen.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between epidural cortisone injections and epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 52 years experience
None: Cortisone is a corticosteriod, but is no commonly used in esi treatment.

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