I was a little nervous going in for my cervical ESI this morning but everything seems to have gone well; thought I would share my experience for anyone in preparation..
The procedure was scheduled in the hospital's associated 'Surgical Center.' No food or drink was allowed after midnight the night before. Clear liquids were allowed up to 3 hours prior to appt. My meds had been reviewed by the PM doc and I was allowed to take them with water. I had a sheet to fill out and bring with me, listing any meds I'd taken and at what time.
I arrived for my appt at 10:30, confirmed my signatures on previous paperwork done at the doctor's office and showed ID. I was given a gown and hair net to put on and made comfortable on a gurney. They took my temperature, blood pressure, pulse, O2 levels, and confirmed some medical history. A small needle port was put in my hand and hooked up to a saline drip. Everything was explained to me by each person I came in contact with (3 nurses and the doctor). I was given a list of post-op instructions and we discussed anything I had question about.
Then I was wheeled into the procedure room and was assisted to roll myself from the gurney to the table. Laying on my stomach, I had a pillow for my stomach ("under the girls" as the nurse put it) and another one for my knees/shins.
The doctor came in and asked if I had any last minute questions. The IV sedative (Versed) was started and it was the last thing I remember about the procedure.
(Reviewing my discharge papers, I was given the Lidocaine and Medrol via epidural during the procedure, as well as the omnipaque for the needle guidance.)
The next memory I have is of being back on the gurney in a recovery area. They checked my consciousness by asking me some questions and I was given something to drink. After I changed back into my clothes, I was assisted to a waiting area and given another drink and some crackers. They brought my husband in and the nurse reviewed the post op instructions again. He was told to check the injection site for any leakage, redness or swelling. We waited there a little while until felt OK to walk, about 15 minutes.
Door-to-door the whole experience took about an hour. I came home, had some lunch and slept for 5 hours.. I was tired and relaxed, no pain.
It's 10 hours now since I had the ESI. The injection site doesn't hurt. Although I still have some vague tingling, my shoulder/arm/hand isn't in pain for now. The only possible side effect is a very mild headache in my temples.. really mild, not painful, just annoying. I say possible side effect because I think it may be caused by my not having my coffee today
My legs are still a little wobbly; precautions included not standing up too quickly so I am just keeping things slow for now.
I'm expecting a follow up call from the PM center tomorrow to see how I am doing and to schedule a follow-up visit with the doctor.
Feel free to PM me with questions.. with other surgery I've had I always find the unexpected is scarier than the procedure.