This procedure uses an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication into the epidural space in your lower back. The medication is designed to reduce inflammation in spinal nerves caused by a variety of spinal conditions, and typically only takes 15-30 minutes to complete.
Is it right for me?
If you are experiencing back and/or leg pain caused by conditions such as herniated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease, then a a caudal epidural steroid injection may be right for you.
What is the procedure like?
After applying a local anesthetic, your provider will guide a needle through a space called the sacral hiatus above your tailbone and into the epidural space where the nerves are located. After the needle is positioned correctly, as verified by X-ray guidance, your provider will inject the medication around the irritated nerves.
What happens after the procedure?
Typically, patients will feel significant relief after a single treatment; however, it may be necessary to come back for multiple injections if symptoms persist. Patients can resume normal activity after 24 hours.