Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
Lasting Relief From Chronic Back Pain In Coppell, TX!
What is it?
This procedure involves the injection of a steroid and anesthetic medication combination into the epidural space. This injection is performed from the side, where the nerve exits the spine, hence the term “transforaminal.” A lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection places medication near the source of inflammation in the patient’s body, which helps to reduce the swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves from conditions such as a herniated disc. These injections are also performed to relieve pain in the lower back, as well as pain that radiates from the back to the legs, making them an effective treatment for lumbar radiculopathy, also known as sciatica. This could be a good option as well for those who might be experiencing low back and/or radiating leg pain and/or foot pain, lumbar disc bulges, lumbar degenerative disc disease, or neuropathic/nerve pain.
How should I prepare for the procedure?
Be sure to have a conversation with your provider about specific instructions to prepare for your procedure. Let them know about any medications that you’re taking, including supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Depending on the medication, your provider might give you specific instructions to either reduce or pause your intake prior to the procedure. It is also advisable to avoid eating or drinking anything for at least two hours before a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection. If you are struggling with back pain from a herniated disc or sciatica, contact our team at Apex Interventional Pain & Spine today! We believe in thorough, patient-centered care with modern techniques, such as lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections, to provide ultimate pain relief.
How long does a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection take?
This is an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients are usually able to return home on the same day. The injection itself only takes a few minutes to complete. Some patients may experience immediate relief after the procedure, but it typically takes 24-72 hours for the steroid to begin taking effect. The amount of pain relief, as well as how long its effects last, can vary by patient, as it depends on the amount of disc, dural, or nerve root inflammation. Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections can bring pain relief from a range of several weeks to months. Others might find that they need multiple injections to experience the maximum effects of pain relief.