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Spinal Injection

Spinal Enjeksiyon Nedir? The doctor may recommend a spinal injection to decrease the patient’s pain. This procedure may help to alleviate the pain by reducing inflammation (edema and injury). Also, because the injection will anesthesize the lower back and the back, it may give information to the doctor about the source of the pain.

Preparing for your injection

Spinal injection is a procedure that does not require hospitalization. You will be asked a few questions before your injection regarding your health. You will also receive directives on how you need to prepare for the procedure.

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Make a list of the drugs (blood thinners, over the counter drugs, analgesics, herbal medicine and dietary supplements) you are using. You may have to discontinue some of these before the procedure. Please consult to your doctor.

Make a list of your allergies.

It is a good idea to come to your appointment with your regular pain. This will make it easier to understand whether the injection has blocked your pain or not. Therefore spinal injections are occasionally called “block”.

Come to the hospital with someone who can take you back home.

You may be required to be fasting for six hours before the spinal injection procedure – ask the medical staff. If you are taking medicine for diabetes, tell your doctor. Your medicine may need to be adjusted both before and after the procedure.

On the day of the procedure bring your X rays, computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging documents with you.

It is very important that you report to your doctor any changes in your health status – for example, if you have any possibility that you have a cold, flu, or any other infection. Your doctor may want to postpone the procedure.

If you need to cancel your procedure, inform your doctor immediately.

Risks and complications

Every medical intervention has its risks and complications. Spinal injections have some risks and complications.

These include:

Headache
Bleeding (rare)
Infection (rare)
Other proecures may have other risks. If they are related to your condition, your doctor will discuss them with you.

During the procedure

The procedure often takes a short time, however your position during the procedure carries great significance for the injection to be performed without any problems. During the procedure, you may be connected to a few devices to monitor your heart beat and respiration.

A fluoroscopy (X ray imaging) is often used to determine the exact site of needle insertion. A contrast substance may be used to confirm the place of the needle. A local anesthetic (lidocaine, bupivacaine, etc.) and/or steroids (to decrease the inflammation) are injected.

A small dressing may be applied to the injection site.

After the procedure

You may need to remain in the recovery room for a period of time after some injections.

You may be connected to a monitor to confirm that you are fine, and your vital signs may be checked.

You may be required to fill out some forms before you leave.

Generally you may need someone to take you back home.

If you feel any pain, you can put ice over the injection site for 10-20 minutes. Be careful not to burn your skin with ice – place a towel between you and the ice.

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