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What happens if you eat or drink before an epidural steroid injection?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possible Cancel
If you were scheduled to be done with sedation it may be canceled or offered without sedation.
The purpose of not eating/drinking for a specified period before the injection known as npo is to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspirating contents into the lungs while sedation. Aspiration can be deadly.

In brief: Possible Cancel
If you were scheduled to be done with sedation it may be canceled or offered without sedation.
The purpose of not eating/drinking for a specified period before the injection known as npo is to reduce the risk of vomiting and aspirating contents into the lungs while sedation. Aspiration can be deadly.
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Your thirst
Is quenched and your belly filled.
Unless you are receiving sedation for the procedure, you don't need to fast. Consult with your doctor about his preferences.

In brief: Your thirst
Is quenched and your belly filled.
Unless you are receiving sedation for the procedure, you don't need to fast. Consult with your doctor about his preferences.
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Epidural
You may have a problem with the anesthesia.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you have eaten.

In brief: Epidural
You may have a problem with the anesthesia.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you have eaten.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: Nothing
Unless you are having sedation for the injection, eating before or after isn't an issue.

In brief: Nothing
Unless you are having sedation for the injection, eating before or after isn't an issue.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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