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Spine

Injection Procedures

Before your injection procedure

Please arrive 30 minutes before the procedure to allow time for registration.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form for the procedure.
  • The procedure will be done in the Procedure Room in the Center.
  • You might have an IV line placed in your arm; you will receive medications during the procedure to help you relax and help reduce your pain.
  • YOU CANNOT DRIVE AFTER THE PROCEDURE. Please arrange for someone to drive you home.
  • Please do NOT eat or drink 6 HOURS PRIOR to the procedure. If you have to take your medications, do so with as little water as possible. It is advisable not to take any pain medicine before the procedure as it helps in assessing your level of pain after the injection is completed.
  • Please do NOT take ASPIRIN for two weeks before the procedure. Stop taking Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, Arthrotec, Mobic or any other NSAIDS one week before the procedure. If you are on Coumadin, please let your doctor know immediately.
  • Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home.

After your procedure

  • You will stay in the Recovery Room approximately 30 minutes for observation. The nurse will then make an assessment whether you have met discharge criteria.
  • At home, apply ice packs over the areas of injection 20 minutes at a time, three times a day for one or two days following the procedure. This can help relieve the pain at the injection sites.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise — even if you feel great — for at least one week.
  • If you are currently in physical therapy, you may start a week after the procedure. Allow at least five days before physical therapy. Have the therapist call your doctor regarding any questions.
  • You may be given a prescription for pain.
  • You may resume your normal diet after the procedure.
  • Follow-up appointment will usually be necessary in approximately two weeks. However, call your physician or the nurse for any problems related with the block at any time.
  • Call your doctor for temperatures greater than 101°F, or if there is persistent redness/swelling at injection sites, persistent weakness/numbness, loss of control of bowel or ladder function, persistent dizziness/drowsiness or blurry vision, persistent headache.
  • Call your doctor for any serious concern any time after procedure.