When nerve roots in the cervical (neck) region of the spine become compressed due to a damaged disc or spinal stenosis, it can cause severe swelling, inflammation and pain that radiates through the neck and into the shoulders and arms. The cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection, typically performed as an outpatient procedure, targets the exact affected nerve in the cervical vertebrae. The medication inside the injection itself is a combination of anesthetics and steroids, designed to bathe the nerve root, reduce inflammation and alleviate pain – Oftentimes right away.
Patients will return for a follow-up visit to see the doctor approximately 12-14 days after surgery. The incision will be inspected. The incision will be inspected and the stitches or staples will be removed. Medications will be refilled if necessary. Patients will usually return to see Dr. Spoonamore every 4-6 weeks thereafter, and an x-ray will be taken to confirm the fusion area is stable and healing appropriately. At 8-12 weeks after surgery, patients will be given a prescription to begin physical therapy for gentle back exercises.