Facet Joint Injections
What happens during the facet joint injection procedure?
What should I expect after a facet joint injection?
What are the risks associated with facet joint injections?
The risk of infection with a procedure of this type is less than 1%.
There is a minimal risk of bleeding associated with the injection. Be sure to notify your doctor's nurse if you are taking any aspirin products, anti-inflammatory medications (such as Motrin, Advil, or Aleve), or blood thinners (like Coumadin, Plavix, or Aggrenox) because you will need to discontinue these prior to the injection.
Allergic reaction may occur very rarely due to sensitivity to one of the medications used. For this reason, a small IV is placed prior to the injection so that medication to counteract allergic reaction can be given if necessary.
Occasionally some patients experience flushing, headache, and elevated blood glucose levels. If you are diabetic, you'll need to monitor your glucose levels more frequently for 4 or 5 days following the injection.
Notify your doctor's nurse if you experience severe headache, fever, or other unusual symptoms. You may call (404) 778-7000 if you have any questions.