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Lumbar Epidural Prior to ACDF?

I will probably be having ACDF this fall. I also have sciatica for which epidurals are my only option. I'm going to ask my doctors if a lumbar epidural shortly before ACDF might be helpful to limit sciatic pain during the ACDF recovery period.

Just wondering if anyone else has tried this? If yes, were you able to have anesthesia for the epidural, or was that not allowed because of upcoming anesthesia for the ACDF?



  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. As to the answer to your question, I did have a epidural for lumbar issues prior to my 360 on the cervical spine, but didn't use anesthesia as I never use it for those injections. You should make the doctor giving the lumbar aware of your upcoming surgery. Depending how close or far apart they are they may not want to do the epidural as some doctors won't do a surgery if you are having roids to close to a surgery even if it is in a different location. Keep in mind while the roids target that area of the body, they also do spread out in your body. Also if you are getting anesthesia for the injection when they do the pre-op questions they will ask about any anesthesia you had and when you had it. Good luck on both procedures and once again welcome to spine-health.
  • Thanks for your comments; very helpful. Both the surgeon and the pain specialist are already communicating and will continue to do so.

    You mentioned "roids" twice in your post. What are those, please?

    Thank You
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