Before the procedure, report the
following to your doctor or nurse:
Please take your routine medications
on the day of the procedure. If you take Coumadin, we will get permission from
your doctor to stop this medication 5 days before your injection. You will need
to have a blood test performed to make sure your blood will clot normally. If
you take Plavix, Aggrenox, or regular-strength aspirin, you will be asked to
stop this medication one week (7 days) before your injection.
You will need to bring a driver with you on
the day of the procedure to drive you home me.
You may return to your regular
activities the next day.
Once you are home, we will ask you to watch
for signs of infection at the injection site. The key warnings are: fever,
redness, swelling, increased pain, drainage (white-yellow-green with or without
a foul odor). Please call our office or the on-call Anesthesiologist if you
have any of these symptoms.
You may have a short-term increase
in your pain as a result of irritation from the steroid injection. You may
apply ice to the area if needed.
If you have any other questions,
please call our office for additional information.