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 on your abdomen with a pillow under your shoulders.
- 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. The procedure will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Steroid and local anaesthetic will be injected once correct
placement has been established with use of X-ray contrast (Omnipaque).
- 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 your 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.
- Caution should be taken if any arm heaviness occurs. Should this
occur, ensure that you support your arm until the heaviness subsides. You may need to wear a sling until the heaviness goes.
- A nurse from HPC will telephone you 24-48 hours following your
procedure to check on your progress and to organise a follow-up
- The steroid may remain effective for approximately 1 – 6 months, depending on 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.