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.
- An X-ray machine will be used to determine where the doctor will place the needle for your procedure.
Local anaesthetic and either Botox or steroid will be injected once
correct needle placement has been established with use of X-ray contrast
- 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.
- Botox will take approximately 5 days to start working. During the first 5 days you may experience some pain at the site of the injection and some flu-like symptoms.
Other possible side effects include headache, temporarily increased
pain, irritation of nerves at the site of the injection and rarely
paralysis of muscle outside the area of spasm.
- Steroid will take approximately 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. If this occurs,
activity should be kept to a minimum until full leg sensation returns.
A nurse from HPC will telephone you 24 to 48 hours following your
procedure to check on your progress and organise a follow up
If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.