Administering a local anesthetic is vital for a successful steroid injection. Without it, the patient would feel all the pain of the needle going into their joint. The anesthesiologists such as Dr Brian Blick numbs the area around the injection site so that the patient does not feel any pain.
They may also inject a local anesthetic into the joint itself. This is called an intra-articular injection. Local anesthetics work by blocking the pain signals that are sent from the joints to the brain. This allows the doctor to injected the steroid without the patient feeling any pain.
How do they inject:
Steroid injections are usually given as a series of three injections, given three to six weeks apart. This is because it takes time for the steroid to work.
The anesthesiologist will usually stay with the patient during the entire injection process to make sure that they do not feel any pain and to monitor their vital signs.
After the injection, the anesthesiologist will provide instructions on how to care for the injection site and what symptoms to look out for.
They will also schedule a follow-up visit to check on the patient’s progress.
How they mitigate the risks:
There are always risks associated with any medical procedure, but the risks of complications from a steroid injection are very low.
The anesthesiologist will closely monitor the patient during the procedure to ensure that they do not experience any adverse effects.
Complications from a steroid injection are rare, but can include infection, bleeding, or nerve damage.
Anesthesiologists are trained to deal with any complications that may arise and will take quick action to ensure the safety of the patient.
Steroid injections are a safe and effective way to treat pain and inflammation in the joints. Anesthesiologists play a vital role in ensuring that the injection is successful and that the patient does not experience any pain. They will stay with the patient during the entire injection process and provide instructions on how to care for the injection site after the procedure as well!