11 doctors weighed in:

What happens if you eat or drink before an epidural steroid injection?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
Pain Management
4 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
Thank
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology
3 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
Thank
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
Thank
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
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
32 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors