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What is the definition or description of: epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
An injection of a : Steroid type medication done under a local anesthesia with or without IV sedation in a sterile setting either with or without fliuroscopic or x-ray guidance into space below the lamina but above the dura or lining of the nerve tissue of the spine with the needle passing through natural openings between the lamina given for pain relief due to inflammation from a disc herniation or spinal stenosis.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Steroids epidurally: Placing medication in the epidural space allows it to bath nerves as they leave the spinal cord and also to bath tissue near the spine. Steroids are injected to reduce inflammation and swelling, and are typically used for back pain or "pinched nerve". The steroids require hours or days to achieve full effect. They steroid may be mixed with small amounts of local anesthetic.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
ESI: An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers steroids via a needle directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Definition: An Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection that is provided by a fellowship trained pain/spine specialist into the spinal canal area guided by X-Ray equipment to instill the steroid medication to relieve inflammation around nerve roots, spinal discs and other structures in the spine causing sciatica or back pain.

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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 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 44-year-old member asked:

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.
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 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.

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