Epidural injectionSpinal epidural injections can support with the ongoing management of pain relating to your lower back and legs
If you are experiencing pain in your back and legs or sciatica, due to conditions such as slipped disc or spinal stenosis, or you are undergoing a rehabilitative stretching and exercise programme to manage an ongoing condition, an epidural injection can help to manage the pain. The effects of spine, lumbar or caudal injections are usually temporary, providing relief from a week to up to one year and can be administered up to three times a year.
A multidisciplinary approach to spinal anaesthesia and pain management
If you are living with pain as a result of a back condition, the first step is to book a consultation to discuss your symptoms and medical history to determine the best step forward for receiving treatment. We work with pain management Consultants who will work with a wider multidisciplinary team to ensure that you receive the best advice and treatment for your needs.
You can see expert consultants and have a range of scans and tests at either one of our facilities below. If you need a procedure or surgery, this will be carried out at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone.
KIMS Hospital, Maidstone
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
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What do spinal epidural injections involve?
An epidural injection is a day case procedure that is carried out under local anaesthetic and takes about 15-30 minutes.
The procedure is carried out on an X-ray table, where you will be helped into the correct position, lying on your stomach, or with a pillow under your stomach if this is more comfortable. An antiseptic solution, which may feel very cold, will be used to clean your back and a local anaesthetic will be applied to numb the area.
Using fluoroscopy (live X-ray) for guidance, a needle is carefully and accurately inserted into your spine. Once the needle is in the proper position, contrast is injected to confirm the needle location. The epidural steroid solution is then injected. Although the steroid solution is injected slowly, most patients sense some pressure due to the amount of the solution used. If it is painful your Consultant will adjust the procedure.
Will the pain relief be immediate?
Often there is immediate relief due to local anaesthetic used. Then there can be an initial period of discomfort before you start experiencing the pain relief. During this period, you may need to increase your pain killers, however your Consultant will discuss this with you after having the procedure.
Where will my procedure take place?
Regardless of where you had your initial consultation, all surgical procedures take place at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone. Most outpatient appointments, including scans and tests, and follow up appointments with your Consultant, can take place at either KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre.
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Our team are on hand to help answer any queries you might have about coming to KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
Please be aware, if you are requesting a diagnostic scan such as an MRI, or CT, you must have a referral from a relevant clinician or Allied Health professional such as a physiotherapist.