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Transforaminal Epidurals

Transforaminal Epidural injections are used to treat back pain associated with sciatica. If a spinal disc has herniated (or slipped) it result in significant pain and inflammation. A Transforaminal Epidural injection is a way of injecting anaesthetic and cortisone directly to the affected area with pinpoint precision. This technique can often be used to treat pain and inflammation and therefore promote healing of the disc without the need for more invasive spinal surgery. The procedure is performed in outpatient theatre and there is no need for an overnight stay. Fluoroscopic (X- ray) guidance is used to ensure safety and accuracy. Patients can walk in and out within a few hours ensuring minimal time away from work and home. Physical therapy will then usually be recommended to help the patient rehabilitate and strengthen the muscles around the spine.