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Could my doctor have made a mistake during a cervical epidural steroid injection?

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Dr. Lon Alexander
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, but very rare

Of course.
Any physician can make a mistake. Usually, this question is asked when a patient does not improve as quickly as they like. This does not mean a mistake was made. I find that rarely does the first injection help much; it is commonly the second one that begins the healing process. Discuss this with your pain management physician.

In brief: Yes, but very rare

Of course.
Any physician can make a mistake. Usually, this question is asked when a patient does not improve as quickly as they like. This does not mean a mistake was made. I find that rarely does the first injection help much; it is commonly the second one that begins the healing process. Discuss this with your pain management physician.
Dr. Lon Alexander
Dr. Lon Alexander
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to Say

Without more info, No way to know.

In brief: Hard to Say

Without more info, No way to know.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, the needle could theoretically go in too far, or medicine might be injected directly into the blood instead of the epidural space.
Ask how many times he/she has done them and the complication rate!

In brief: Yes

Yes, the needle could theoretically go in too far, or medicine might be injected directly into the blood instead of the epidural space.
Ask how many times he/she has done them and the complication rate!
Dr. David Sherer
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Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Cervical epidural steroid injections are fairly common procedures with a low risk of complications if performed by appropriately trained physicians.
If your injection was done under fluoroscopy, your doctor should have a copy of the x-ray image, which would show needle placement and spread of contrast agent, indicating proper injection technique.

In brief: Maybe

Cervical epidural steroid injections are fairly common procedures with a low risk of complications if performed by appropriately trained physicians.
If your injection was done under fluoroscopy, your doctor should have a copy of the x-ray image, which would show needle placement and spread of contrast agent, indicating proper injection technique.
Dr. Foead Geula
Dr. Foead Geula
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