What happens during the procedure?
Mild sedation will be offered to maximize your comfort. You will be positioned on the x-ray table, and your treatment area will be prepared using a Betadine solution to cleanse the skin. Live x-ray guidance using low-level radiation C-arm fluoroscopy is used to determine exact needle placement for hip and back procedures. A small amount of contrast dye may be injected for placement verification. Then, under sterile technique, a local anesthetic (numbing agent) and a long-acting steroid, or glucocorticoid (anti-inflammatory medication) are injected into area from which the pain is believed to originate. Afterwards, you are monitored for a short time to ensure that you are feeling well enough to return home.
The actual procedure takes just minutes and you can usually go home in about an hour.