What is it?
An epidural block is a therapeutic injection performed under fluoroscopy to decrease pain and inflammation, or sometimes confirm a diagnosis.

How is it done?
A local skin anesthetic is given. A spinal needle is then inserted into the epidural space of the lumbar or caudal spine. An anesthetic and steroid are injected into the epidural space.

Expected Results:
Relief of pain if the medication reaches the inflamed area or source of pain.

How long does it take?
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes plus 20 to 30 minutes of recovery time.

Glossary:
Epidural – Space outside the dura or covering of the spinal cord. This space runs the length of the spine.Fluoroscopy – X-ray imaging of a part of the body that is displayed on a screen or monitor in the x-ray suite. This facilitates and assures proper placement of the needle and medication.

Patient Instructions/Forms:
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