A few hours before the procedure, the patient may be allowed to eat a light meal. If the patient has type 1 diabetes, they must not change their normal eating pattern prior to the procedure. Patients may take their routine medications (eg, high blood pressure, diabetic medications).
Patients should not take pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications the day of their procedure. Patients should be in pain prior to this procedure, so it’s important not to take medications to relieve or lessen pain. These medicines can be restarted after the procedure if they are needed.
In general, the patient is asked to be at the outpatient facility one hour prior to the procedure and can expect to be at that facility approximately 2-3 hours. Someone must accompany the patient and be responsible for getting them home. No driving is allowed on the day of the procedure. Patients may return to their normal activities the day after the procedure, including returning to work.
Talk to your doctor about your risk for complications.
Your doctor will most likely have ordered an MRI or CT scan of the back before this procedure. This helps your doctor determine the area to be treated.
Your pain may become worse for 2 to 3 days after the injection before it begins to improve. The steroid usually takes 2 to 3 days to work.
If you receive medicines to make you sleepy during the procedure, you must arrange for someone to drive you home.