Image Guided Injections


Image guided injection consent formWhat are image guided injections?

Image guided injections are often used to reduce pain and inflammation in the musculoskeletal system - in joints, ligaments or tendons. 

We use medical imaging techniques to help us to administer an injection of anaesthetic or  anti-inflammatory steroid directly into your problematic joint, ligament or tendon.


What happens during an image guided injection?

Firstly, our consultant will take the time to explain everything to you. There will be both a nurse and a consultant present.

Before we begin, the consultant or nurse will ask you to complete a patient consent form.

During your injection either a CT or ultrasound scanner will be used to guide the injection into place. Over the course of the treatment you will be awake and will be able to speak freely with the nurse or consultant if you wish.
 

How long does an image guided injection take?

Typically, an  image guided injection takes around 30 minutes.
 

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, we prefer that you are accompanied by a friend or family member in order that they can drive you home after your appointment.
 

Are there any side effects?

Image guided injections are generally very safe. However, as with any invasive procedure, there are slight risks involved. All risks will be discussed with you by the nurse or consultant before your procedure.
 

What happens after an image guided injection?

After your procedure you can get dressed. We will keep you in for observation for up to one hour after the procedure before your friend or family member can drive you home.

 

This information is also available on a downloadable patient information sheet.

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