NOTICE OF FINANCIAL INTEREST: This is to serve as legal notice that the physicians at this location providing my care have a financial interest in The Pain Relief SurgiCenter, Ambulatory Surgery Center of Killeen, Pain Specialists of Austin Pharmacy and Hunter’s Creek Pharmacy. All patients are free to choose any facility for obtaining services or prescriptions that are ordered for them during the course of their care. Physicians include the following: Hans Bengtson, Scott Campbell, Teddrick Dunson, Daniel Frederick, Douglas Freiberger, Genero Gutierrez, Gary Heath, Matthew Hellman, Vivek Mahendru, Pankaj Mehta, Eric Miller, Rahul Sarna, Samuel Stevens, Derrick Wansom, Stuart Zweikoft.
The needle is smaller in size than that used during a conventional epidural approach. The procedure is performed with the patient lying on their belly using fluoroscopic (real-time x-ray) guidance, which helps to prevent damage to the nerve root. A radiopaque dye is injected to enhance the fluoroscopic images and to confirm that the needle is properly placed (See Figure 2). This technique allows the glucocorticoid medicine to be placed closer to the irritated nerve root than using conventional interlaminar epidural approach. The exposure to radiation is minimal.