If Interventional Procedures are not effective in treating our Pain Condition, various medical management options will be offered to try.
It depends on the Pain Condition as well as the type of procedure. The relief is rarely immediate, it may take a few days up to a few weeks until you get relief.
With the advancement of technology, we can perform minimally invasive surgery at our facility to treat conditions such as Disk Herniation/Bulging and Vertebral Compression Fracture. If we are unable to assist you with your pain condition, appropriate surgical referral will be made.
You will have a full consultation and physical exam by our staff on a separate day before your procedure. The procedure as well as pre-procedure instructions will be given to you at that time and all your questions will be answered.
It depends on the Pain Condition for which the steroid is injected. As well as the physical condition and well-being of the patient. A series of three steroid injections could last for a year or longer.
Most patients will receive intravenous sedation during the procedure and are very comfortable. There is no need for general anesthesia for these procedures.
Steroids decrease the local inflammation in the area of injection. In many cases the local inflammation is the cause of the pain and therefore reducing or eliminating the inflammation should cure your pain.
Since the injections are done locally and precisely using a fluoroscope (x-ray) machine, the amount of steroid injected is very small. Steroid side effects are dose dependent and at these small doses rarely one develops side effects.