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 back with a small foam support for your
- The anaesthetist will give you some sedation into your vein.
- You will be positioned with your arms by your side and your head turned away from your affected side.
Steroid and local anaesthetic will be injected once correct
placement has been established with use of a nerve stimulator and
sometimes X-ray guidance. The procedure will take approximately 5 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.
- Your affected arm may be heavy and need supporting until the local anaesthetic block wears off.
The day surgery will send you home with a sling for your arm if
necessary. It is essential that you support your arm until the heaviness
fades; Don't "let it hang".
- 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.
A nurse from HPC will telephone you 24 to 48 hours following your
procedure to check on your progress and organise a follow up
- The steroid may last from 1 - 6 months, depending on the amount of irritation or inflammation present.
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.