Ok, guys....I saw my orthopod today about this back pain that has been driving me UP the wall for the past eight years, and he has FINALLY scheduled me for an ESI, for July 28th. Can those of you who have been through this procedure (or who have assisted with it), write me and let me know what to expect before and after the procedure? Thanks!!
Jul 16, '03
There isn't much to it. They give you some lidocaine and then inject the steroid or whatever using fluoroscopy. The first set I had "worked" but after that I was enriching the pain doctor's pocketbook mightily while impoverishing mine. The latest is that saline has equivalent effect as steroid. Whatever you can ask for a little sedation if you are nervous. The whole thing start to finish is about an hour. Make sure they do use fluoro though. Don't allow a blind stick.
Edited to add: You should have someone drive you because along with the infiltration with lidocaine there is also some in with the steroid. You may have wobbly legs until it wears off.
Last edit by P_RN on Jul 16, '03