What is transforaminal injection?
Transforaminal injection can help relieve pain in your lower back, legs and feet caused by sciatica, herniated discs or other back problems.
You have nerves that run from your spinal cord out to your legs. When one of those nerve “roots” (the end closest to your spinal cord) gets irritated and inflamed due to a damaged disc or other condition, it causes pain that can radiate from your back to your legs and feet.
A steroid medication can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain. It’s injected into your back, into the area between your spine and spinal cord.
How is transforaminal injection done?
First, you’ll be given an intravenous medication to relax you. Then, you’ll lie on your stomach on an x-ray table.
The doctor will numb an area of skin on your lower back with a local anesthetic. Then, guided by an x-ray, he or she will:
- Insert a thin needle into your lower back, targeting the specific nerve root causing your pain
- Inject a mixture of anesthetic (for temporary pain relief) and steroid (for longer term relief)
Usually, the procedure takes about 20 minutes. You can go home the same day.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid/Transforaminol Pain Management
Cypress Surgery Center