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About Epidurals & EMGs

"Is that all there is to it?  I hardly felt anything."

Spinal Injections are done in Outpatient Surgery Centers under X-ray guidance

  • Ensures proper needle placement
  • Minimizes discomfort
  • Makes it easy to do and have done
  • The procedure only takes 5 to 10 minutes
  • Total time at the Outpatient Surgery Center is 1 hour
  • The rest of the time is checking in, doing paperwork and then after the procedure, waiting for up to 30 minutes to make sure there are no side effects

The Specific Procedure Instructions

  • Arrive 1 hour prior to your scheduled time
  • Have a driver bring you and pick you up
  • You do not need to fast and you can take all your usual medications
  • Do not take any aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicine for 3 days prior to the procedure (Celebrex is ok)
  • If on Coumadin, we will need to have you stop it for 3 days and have an INR blood level drawn the day of the procedure
  • Make a follow-up appointment for 1-2 weeks after your procedure

EMG Nerve Tests

  • Using a special machine in the office, we can determine if there is any significant nerve damage
  • This can be done to test nerve roots in the spine or nerves in the arms or legs
  • This can be used for Grading of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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