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Oelwein, IA
A 34-year-old female asked:

i am having an ultrasound guided injection for my painful trochanteric bursitis. what does this procedure involve? will i be laid up?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Bursitis: This should be a simple and quick procedure. The doctor will localize the area to inject with an ultrasound machine. A small handheld wand is place over your skin and connected to a visual monitor. Then an injection of cortisone with be injected into the area after an anesthetic is used. You should be able walk out of the office and your pain should improve.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Minor and no: It is a simple injection of a numbing agent (lidocaine) and a non-water soluble (e.g., not dexamethasone) injection into the inflamed sacs causing you pain. If done properly, pain relief should be immediate.

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Last updated Aug 21, 2013

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