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Epidural Steroid Injection

Epidural Steroid Injection is an injection of long acting steroids and local anesthetics in the epidural space. The epidural space surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves.
How long does the injection take?
The actual injection takes up to 20 minutes. Patients should be prepared to stay for at least three to five hours. 
How is the injection performed?
The procedure is done by having the patient lie on their stomach. The patients are monitored with EKG, blood pressure and cuff and blood-oxygen monitoring device. The back is cleaned with antiseptic solution and then the injection is carried out. After the injection, the patient will be placed on his/her back or side and monitored in the recovery room until discharge. 
What should I do after the procedure?
You will need someone to drive you home. We advise patients to take it easy for the rest of the day after the injection. We do not recommend driving or walking without assistance for 24 hours after the injection. 
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