For some people, epidural injections can help to relieve back pain or sciatica (shooting pain from the back down one or both legs) in the short term.
This period of pain relief may allow them to become more active – keeping active is crucial to recovery from chronic back pain.
You will have a formal consultation with your Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests such as scans or blood tests are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
The epidural injection consists of a steroid, a local anaesthetic or a combination of the two. The position of the injection depends on which spinal nerves are responsible for the pain. This is usually in the lumbar region of the back (below the level of your lowest rib).
The injection is routinely carried out as a day case, with no overnight stay and usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes.
At Sussex Premier Health, your procedure will be performed by your consultant surgeon.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still here when you need us.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery you can call and speak to a member of the nursing team at any time, please call 01424 757459.