Facet Injection

  • A ‘Facet Injection’ is an anti-inflammatory injection targeted toward a particular joint in the spine.
  • It temporarily shuts down pain signals and is performed after a CT scan to pinpoint the exact location for treatment.

Preparation

  • It is recommended that patients wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • Patients should arrive 10-15 minutes before the appointment to complete paperwork.
  • It is important to bring the referral form.
  • Patients should notify the Lakes Radiology team of any allergies, existing medications they have.
  • Patients should advise Lakes Radiology team if they may be pregnant.
  • Patients should advise Lakes Radiology team prior to the appointment if they are on blood thinning/anticoagulants.
  • The patient should have someone to drive them home following the procedure.

Procedure

  • The doctor will discuss with you the site and nature of the pain as well as address any questions or concerns prior to the procedure.
  • The patient will be placed on their stomach or side.
  • A Clinician will identify the injection position and sterilise the skin with antiseptic.
  • A doctor may inject local anaesthetic to numb the area.
  • The exact position to locate the area will require imaging guidance.
  • The doctor will then carefully administer the injection after having checked the position of the needle.

Risks or Side Effects

  • In rare instances, the patient may experience an infection at the injection site, bleeding.
  • If an x-ray /CT scan is used, the patient will be exposed to minimal low-level radiation.

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