Every day, thousands of epidural steroid injections are performed by pain management doctors in the US. These procedures are excellent at providing significant pain relief for sciatica and helping avoid surgery while improving function and minimizing the amount of narcotic medications necessary to attain relief.
These injections are typically performed in a procedure room or an ambulatory surgery center. Is sedation necessary for epidural steroid injections?
In a new study with over 5000 patients out of the Mayo Clinic, researchers looked at this question. Epidural steroid injections were performed over 99.9% without sedation, and patient satisfaction was then evaluated. The results of the injections showed substantial pain relief, similar to the average of outcomes seen in most studies.
In addition, over half of the patients in the study stated they would recommend having the injections performed without sedation.
The outcome of this study should not be a conclusion that no one needs sedation for epidural injections. In contrast, if an individual has claustrophobia or substantial anxiety over needles, sedation may be very beneficial.
In addition, if an individual has had a good experience before with sedation medicines, it is prudent to offer that again. Additionally, sedation does not have to come in the form of intravenous medication. While that is most commonly used, the AZ pain management doctor may simply prescribe oral medication such as Valium to be taken half an hour prior to the procedure.
If you or a loved one is suffering from sciatica due to a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, then epidural steroid injections may be extremely helpful. This may include a caudal injection, transforaminal variety or the interlaminar type of epidural.
Arizona Pain Specialists offers Board Certified and Award-Winning pain management doctors at four locations across the Valley. Over 50 insurance plans are accepted including Medicare, Medicaid, Personal-injury, Worker’s Compensation and self-pay.
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