What Will Happen?
- You will be admitted to the day surgery by a nurse and will be asked to change into a gown.
- The anaesthetist will speak with you and place a cannula (plastic needle) into a vein on your hand.
In the procedure room, you will be assisted to position on the
procedure table lying on your side with the hip to be injected upmost.
- The anaesthetist will give you some sedation into your vein.
- An X-ray machine will be used to determine where the doctor will place the needle for your procedure.
Steroid and local anaesthetic will be injected once correct
placement has been established with use of X-ray contrast (Omnipaque). The procedure will take around 10 minutes.
- After the block, 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 48 hours to start working. During this time, there may be a window of increased discomfort or pain.
Caution should be taken if any leg heaviness occurs. Activity must
to be kept to a minimum until full leg sensation returns.
nurse from HPC will telephone you 24 - 48 hours following your
procedure to check on your progress and organise a follow-up
- The steroid may remain effective for 1 – 6 months, depending on amount of irritation or inflammation present.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Specialists nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.