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What happens after a spinal injection procedure?

After a spinal injection procedure, a small bandage may be placed at the injection site.
  • You may spend time in recovery after the injection procedure.
  • You may be monitored to make sure you are doing well and your vital signs may be checked.
  • You may be asked to fill out paperwork before leaving.
  • You should have someone drive you home. Further, if you had sedation, you probably should not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.
  • You may put ice packs on the injection site for 10-20 minutes at a time if there is soreness. Be careful not to burn your skin with the ice -- place a towel between the ice and your skin.
  • You may take a shower but avoid baths, pools or whirlpools for 24-48 hours following the procedure.
  • You may be asked to relax on the day of injection, but usually can resume normal daily activities the day after the injection.
  • You usually can start or resume your individualized exercise program within one week of your injection.
This is what happens after the spinal injection procedure:
  • You may stay in a recovery area and have your vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate) monitored.
  • You should be able to walk immediately after the procedure. Some patients have leg weakness, numbness, or tingling for a few hours.
  • You may be asked to fill out some paperwork before leaving.

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