CONCERNING RISKS/SIDE EFFECTS OF PAIN MANAGEMENT/SPINAL INJECTIONS
The procedures we offer at Georgia Pain Specialists, LLC are safe generally speaking, and are administered by a triple board-certified pain specialist and anesthesiologist who has been in the field for over 25 years. As with any medical procedure, however, there are some side effects which may occur. The most common and usually temporary side effects include pain and soreness or bruising at or around the injection site. Some uncommon/rare risks and side effects include increase in blood sugar in diabetics, water retention, weight gain, suppression of the body’s own natural production of cortisone, and worsening of symptoms. Extremely rare side effects/complications include possible infection, risk of spinal puncture with headaches, nerve damage, and bleeding inside the epidural space.
INFORMATION WE NEED PRIOR TO TREATMENT
It’s important for the success of treatment and for your own safety that you advise us of all of the following items prior to undergoing spinal injections:
- ALL MEDICATION ALLERGIES, ESPECIALLY TO ANY ANESTHETIC, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, OR STEROID AGENT.
- PLEASE ADVISE US IF YOUR MEDICATION REGIMEN INCLUDES ANY BLOOD THINNERS, SUCH AS COUMADIN, PLAVIX, ASPIRIN, ETC. PLEASE PREPARE A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL MEDICATIONS PRIOR TO YOUR INITIAL APPOINTMENT.
- PLEASE ADVISE US OF ANY INFECTION IN ANY PART OF YOUR BODY BEFORE RECEIVING ANY INJECTIONS.
Any specific questions regarding risks of treatment or treatment for your condition can be addressed to our office via phone, or with the physician on your initial appointment.
Thank you and we look forward to working together!