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  1. Epidural Injection Radiology Spine Injection Doctors

  2. Epidural Injection • Your doctor thinks you have a disc bulge or bone spurs causing your back or leg pain. Disc

  3. Epidural Injection • Radiology Spine Injection Doctors can inject medication into the epidural space & often reduce the pain Inject into epidural space

  4. Before the Injection • Let your doctor know if you are taking an anticoagulant or blood thinner • Bring someone who can drive you home; some people can feel weak in the legs after the procedure

  5. Day of the injection • Report to the Radiology Department in UW Hospital at G3/3 (Atrium elevators to the 3rd floor) • If you have a MRI or CT of the spine from another hospital, bring it with you

  6. Epidural Injection • The procedure will be described to you by a radiologist, and you can ask questions

  7. Procedure • Takes about 45 minutes • You will lie on you stomach and a fine needle will be placed in your back to inject medication into the epidural space • Medications are Lidocaine (to numb the area) and Corticosteroid (to reduce inflammation)

  8. Possible complications • complications are rare

  9. Possible complications For 1-2 days after the procedure, some patients have had: • temporary worsening of back or leg pain • redness and flushing around the face • fluid gain which could cause breathing difficulty (if you have heart problems) • higher blood sugars (if you are diabetic)

  10. After the injection • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours • Take your usual medicines for back pain • You will be given a phone number to call if any drainage, swelling, or increased pain at the injection site