Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Summary of Procedure: Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

A transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure during which the physician administers a mixture of steroid and anesthetic medication to the patient via an injection. This medication functions as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as a pain mitigator. This injection is relatively quick and typically offers significant pain relief for the patient.

Just prior to this procedure, the patient lies face down with a cushion placed underneath their abdomen. The placement of the cushion causes the spine to bend, which reveals the open spaces on either side of the spine anatomy. These spaces are known as foramina.

A local anesthetic is then given. This anesthetic effectively numbs the skin as well as the spinal covering tissue prior to the procedure. After confirming that the area is numb, the physician carefully guides a needle into the foraminal space surrounding the troublesome nerve root.

The physician uses a fluoroscope (live x-ray) and injected contrast solution to confirm that the tip of the needle is in the proper position. Once the needle’s location has been confirmed, the physician injects a mixture of steroid and anesthetic medications. This medication surrounds the irritated nerve roots and functions both to calm the inflammation in the area, as well as to relieve pain.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

Following the injection procedure, the needle is removed, and bandages are placed over the injection site. Oftentimes, patients will experience immediate relief post injection. However, results may vary by patient and occasionally multiple injections may be necessary to reduce the patient’s pain to a satisfactory level.

Call the Carolina Spine and Pain Center offices today to learn more about transforaminal epidural steroid injections. We have numerous locations throughout South Carolina that can serve you. Get in touch with us by calling 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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