This procedure is done only in a facility setting. You will check into the facility an hour and a half in advance and must fast for 6 hours prior to your procedure. You will be brought back and prepped by a nurse on staff and an IV will be placed for conscious sedation. In the procedure room, you will be placed in the prone position and a fluoroscopy guidance machine will be brought into position. Your doctor will then numb the area with a local anesthetic and insert a needle into the disc and inject the dye. The procedure takes about 15 – 20 minutes and consists of placing 2-4 needles into the discs and injecting the dye into each one. Your doctor will ask you questions about your pain level. After the procedure, you will be monitored for about 30 minutes.
You will be asked not to drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure and you must have a driver drive you home from our office. The day of and the following day you may feel some discomfort in the injection areas. Because the discogram is meant to reproduce your pain, you can expect to hurt and be sore for up to 2 weeks after the procedure. After the procedure you will have a CT scan of the area and will follow up with your surgeon.
You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, on blood thinners, diabetic, or if you have any other concerns you would like to address beforehand.