Hip injections at American Spine are very similar to the many other steroid injections offered in our offices. However, one difference makes them stand out – the use of a fluoroscope. This added feature can be intimidating to patients, but the American Spine team assures patients that it is just another tool used by physicians to help do their job even more accurately.
One reason patients may be intimidated is that “fluoroscope” sounds a lot like “endoscope.” Endoscopes go inside of small incisions in order to shine a light on the inside of the body. This allows physicians to get a good view of the area without having to make large incisions. Fluoroscopes also help physicians get a clearer view, but unlike the endoscope, do not require the skin to be cut. In fact, the fluoroscope is nearly the same thing as an X-ray! It is mainly used for hip injections, but it can also be used for various other joints and even spine injections.
Our physicians use a fluoroscope in order to get real-time feedback on where the needle is going during a hip injection. That way, the physician can confirm that the injection is going exactly where it needs to inside the hip joint. The physician may inject a special dye before administering the steroid medication. The dye lights up on the fluoroscope and if the dye is near the hip joint, the physician can go ahead with the anti-inflammatory steroid medication.
Overall, the procedure should take nearly the same amount of time as other steroid injections. We estimate the procedure to take around 30-60 minutes, although each patient is different. It all depends on how your body reacts to the medication and how long it takes for the anesthesia to fade. It is an outpatient procedure, so we want to make sure patients can safely return home the same day. Fluoroscopic hip injections may provide relief for several months. If necessary, patients can speak to their American Spine physician about repeat injections if the effects of the initial injection wear off.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
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