An epidural steroid injection is a procedure in which the radiologist inserts a needle into the epidural space in your lower back. The epidural space lies just outside the spinal canal, not near the spinal cord.
You will lie on your stomach on the fluoroscopy table (a special type of x-ray). The radiologist will cleanse your low back and inject a numbing medication. Once the needle is in the epidural space, a long acting anti-inflammatory medicine (Celestone Soluspan) mixed with the anesthetic is injected.
The Celestone Soluspan decreases the inflammation within the lumbar and sacral nerves and may provide pain relief for a period of time. The pain relief is not immediate and it may take up to two weeks for you to feel the full effects of the medication. The medication will not change the disc in any way but is intended to reduce inflammation around the disc, reducing pain.
The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes. After the procedure is complete, you will be taken back to the nursing area for 30 minutes of flat bed rest and observation.
If you have questions, please ask the doctor who is ordering your exam. If you require more information about the procedure, please contact the MDC radiology nurse at 612-879-1528, Monday through Friday between 7:30am - 4:00pm.
Epidural Injection is only available at MDC Minneapolis.