Facet Injections

What is it?

“Facet injection–sometimes referred to as a facet joint block–is a minimally invasive procedure in which a physician uses fluoroscopy or CT imaging to guide the placement of an injection of medication into a facet joint to provide pain relief.

Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. Discuss any medications you’re taking, including aspirin and herbal supplements, and whether you have any allergies — especially to anesthesia. Your physician will advise you to stop taking aspirin or blood thinner three days before your procedure, and you may be told not to eat or drink anything for eight hours beforehand. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be asked to wear a gown.”

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