Flouroscopically guided procedures that may be indicated by the findings of your physical examination can include:
- Cervical, Lumbar & Caudal Epidurals
- Cervical Facet Joint Blocks
- Cranial Nerve Blocks
- Intercostal Nerve Blocks
- Joint Injections
- Lumbar Facet Blocks
- Peripheral Nerve Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablations
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Trigger Point Injections
Fluoroscopic Interventional Procedure
When your pain is not relieved by usual medical care, physical therapy or other conservative management – or your pain is so severe that you can’t tolerate traditional care – then fluoroscopicaly guided interventional treatments may be the most effective and quickest way to stop the pain and start the healing process.
What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that allows a physician to quickly and easily view the internal structure and function of a patient in moving images.
Minimally-invasive fluoroscopically guided interventional procedures, such as epidural injections, have become the standard for treating many significant spinal disorders, especially before considering any type of
surgery. Frequently, they help prevent a condition from progressing onto a surgical situation.
Interventional fluoroscopy is performed by Dr. Ranjit Gowda, MD in our state-of-the-art fluoroscopy suite, where we can provide expert and personal care to our patients in the comfort and convenience of our office.
A spinal injection is an outpatient procedure that relieves pain by reducing inflammation that leads to swelling and irritation. These guided injections also help us identify the source of your pain. We customize each injection to meet our patients’ individual needs.
With these brief procedures we provide local anesthetic to numb the skin before using a fluoroscope to precisely guide a needle and inject medicine to reduce your inflammation. We may ask you to relax on the day of the procedure, but you may typically resume normal daily activities the day after the injection.
Another procedure we may consider is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). RFA is an advanced interventional procedure used to reduce pain. RFA has become the standard of care for chronic back pain caused by
arthritis that has failed other conservative treatment, including those cases where surgery is not an option.
An electrical current produced by specialized radio-wave equipment is used to heat up and deaden or deactivate certain small nerves that transmit or overwhelm the body with pain. Following RFA, a person is able to move and function better, in addition to enjoying chronic pain relief lasting longer than the usual ‘back injection’.
RFA procedures are performed in our fluoroscopy suite as an outpatient and is both safe and well-tolerated.