Thoracic Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
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What is it?
A thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a procedure that is designed to relieve a patient’s pain in the upper back, ribs, and abdomen that is caused by a pinched nerve (or multiple nerves) in the thoracic spine. This procedure is performed from the side, where the nerve exits the spine, hence the term “transforaminal.” Once the injection is complete, the steroid – or anti-inflammatory medication – is absorbed by the inflamed nerves. This effectively reduces swelling and relieves pressure in the area. A thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a highly targeted procedure that is able to address specific levels of pain generators. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients are typically able to return home on the same day. Patients do not necessarily need to arrange for someone else to drive them to and from the appointment, although most patients do prefer this. Please note that if you plan to request sedative options during the procedure, you will need to arrange for someone else to drive you home.
What conditions can a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection be used to treat?
- Thoracic radiculopathy
- Thoracic disc bulges/herniations
- Thoracic degenerative disc disease
- Thoracic and radiating rib cage and/or chest pain
How should I prepare for a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection?
Your provider will give specific instructions as it pertains to your case, but in general, it is helpful to start a conversation about any medications that you are currently taking. This also includes any herbs, supplements, or over-the-counter medications. Your provider might instruct you to limit or pause certain medications prior to the procedure, such as blood thinners. It is also recommended for patients to avoid consuming food or beverages for at least two hours prior to a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection.
How long will the pain relief last?
Research indicates that some patients have experienced pain relief immediately following the procedure, but it typically takes 24-72 hours for the steroid medications to take effect. It could take up to one week before the total benefits of the procedure are experienced. In some cases, patients only need one injection to experience significant pain relief, but it could take 2-3 injections for others. Once comfort and relief is achieved, the duration of pain relief from a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection depends on the amount of disc, dural, or nerve root inflammation in the affected area. The procedure could bring several weeks to months of pain relief for the patient before additional treatment is required.
Want to find out if a thoracic transforaminal epidural steroid injection could be the right treatment for you? Don’t let pain hold you back any longer! Reach out to Apex Interventional Pain & Spine today and take the first step towards finding the relief you deserve.