What Will Happen?
- You will be admitted to the day surgery by a nurse and you will be asked to change into a gown.
- The anaesthetist will speak with you and place a cannula (plastic needle) into a vein in your hand.
In the procedure room, you will be assisted to position on the
procedure table lying on your abdomen with a pillow under your hips and
- The anaesthetist will give you some sedation into your vein. Some fluids may be administered via your cannula.
- An X-ray machine will be used to determine where the doctor will place the needle for your procedure.
- Local anaesthetic will be injected into your back to minimise the discomfort felt when the spinal needle is inserted.
The local anaesthetic and steroid will be injected once correct
placement has been established with use of X-ray (Omnipaque).
- The procedure will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
- After the procedure, you will be placed on a trolley and taken to recovery, where you will remain for approximately 1 hour.
- After having something to eat and drink, you will be discharged with a carer.
- Gentle activity and rest is recommended in the first 24
hours following the procedure. You may then return to normal activity.
- The local anaesthetic will wear off 12-18 hours following your procedure.
- The steroid will take approximately 48 hours to start working.
- During this time there may be a window of increased discomfort or pain.
Occasionally, you may feel some leg heaviness or weakness. This is
related to the spread of the local anaesthetic. Should this occur, it is
advisable to keep you at Hamilton Day Surgery until sensation and power
- A nurse from HPC will telephone you 24 to 48 hours
following your procedure to check on your progress and organise a
follow up appointment.
- You may obtain between 1 - 6 months of pain relief following your procedure.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Specialists nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.