Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection
The transforaminal, or the selective root block, is administered at the spot where the nerve emanates out from the spine. These nerves run through the arms, legs, and chest controlling their movement. Any inflammation or damage to these nerves may cause pain and discomfort. Transforaminal Block not only provides relief from the pain but also helps in diagnosing the origin of the pain.
Depending upon the pain site, the block is administered by the Dunes Pain physician in the nerve roots present at the lumbar/cervical/thoracic spinal region. The physician will first sterilize and clean the site where the procedure has to be performed. After that, a local anesthetic drug will be given so as to make the procedure area numb. In some cases, mild intravenous sedatives might be administered to relax the patient. After the application of anesthesia, with help of X-Ray fluoroscopy, a contrast dye is injected so as to precisely position the needle. It is then a mixture of steroids and anesthetic solution is injected into the nerve which provides pain relief.
The patient is then sent to the recovery room for monitoring any adverse side effects.
The Dunes Pain physician will impart clear aftercare instructions to you and resolve all your doubts. After the procedure, for a few hours, you might experience some weakness in your limbs or chest which is normal. You might be recommended not to perform any strenuous physical activities and take rest. You can resume your normal routine after 24 hours.
There are almost no side effects to this procedure, but since steroids and sedatives have been administered, a patient might experience mild drowsiness, nausea, or weakness. All these can be tackled by taking rest and applying ice packs at the injection site in case of pain.
However, if at all you experience any adverse reactions, contact Dunes Pain Specialists immediately.