Non-surgical treatment of back and neck hernia

Epidural Steroid injection is one of the non-surgical interventional treatment methods applied to relieve pain caused by nerve compression in the neck, arm , waist and leg. This method is used to control pain in cases such as herniated disc, slipped back , neck hernia, canal stenosis.

Which drug is used, how does it work?

 In epidural injection, long-term steroids and local  mixture of anesthetic drugs are used . It reaches the congested nerve through the epidural space and relieves pain by eliminating the pressure on the nerve with its effects reducing inflammation , inflammation and edema in the region.

Which diseases epidural steroid injection done?

1- Herniated disc

2- Neck hernia

3- Waist slippage;

4- Spinal cord stenosis – narrow spinal canal;

How is Epidural Injection done?

 The procedure is performed under sterile conditions in the operating room, accompanied by C-arm fluoroscopy, the patient is under general anesthesia, without anesthesia, with local anesthesia.  The duration of the procedure varies between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the number of levels to be injected.  After the procedure, the patient is discharged after being followed in the review room for 1-2 hours.

What is the success rate of epidural steroid injections?

 Up to 80-90% positive response is obtained in patients with early intervention.  For most patients, once is sufficient.  The process can be repeated depending on the situation.  6 months to 2 years and more relief can be achieved when it is applied in diseases such as long-term, chronic pain, narrow canal, waist slippage.

Op. Dr. Abdulmammad Guliyev
Istanbul/ Turkey