What Is a Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural?
A lumbar interlaminar epidural is an injection of steroids to the epidural space, which sits inside the spinal canal but outside the area with the spinal fluid. This space runs from the bottom of your spine to the base of your skull.
How does the process work? There are five main steps:
- The doctor will have you lay on your stomach on top of two pillows.
- They will clean and numb the injection site.
- The doctor uses an X-ray to determine the correct path for the thin needle.
- They insert a syringe and inject a bit of dye so they can see where the medication will go.
- They inject the steroid next.
The injection requires about 15 minutes of recovery before you can get up. All told, the process will run up to an hour and a half. You should have a driver available to take you home after.