• Procedure Information

  • The nurse will give pre-op instructions 1-2 days prior to the procedure. General instructions include:

    • Stop taking blood thinners – your nurse will give you specific instructions on when to stop medications
    • Do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours prior to the procedure
    • Arrive one hour prior to the start of the procedure
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
    • Bring a responsible driver to drive you home – you will not be allowed to drive yourself home

    Most procedures take approximately 20 minutes and are done under local (numbing medicine) anesthesia. However, some procedures and/or patients require use of an oral sedative (relaxing medicine given by mouth). 

    Most patients are able to go home 30 minutes after the procedure. 

    The most common complications after a procedure are:

    • Headache
    • Soreness/bruising at the injection site

    It is normal for the pain to return for a few days after the procedure while the steroid medicine begins to work.

    Most treatment plans consist of three visits. A one-week follow-up will be done between visits and after the completion of the treatment plan. Since treatment plans vary from patient to patient, the nurse will give specific post-procedure instructions after each treatment.

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