Disc Aspiration is a minimally invasive procedure used to obtain material for culture from a disc suspected of being infected. It is performed with local anesthesia, however, occasionally a mild intravenous sedation is used. The aspirated material provides information that can determine if an infection is present and what kind of antibiotic will provide the best treatment.
Preparing for your Disc Aspiration:
- A representative will contact you prior to your appointment to review your medications and complete registration.
- Be sure to let your doctor know if you are taking blood thinners (Aspirin, Lovenox, Plavix, Heparin, or Coumadin). You may be asked to stop taking this medication 5 days prior to your procedure. You may resume this medication the day after your procedure.
- You will need to arrange for a driver to take you home.
- The procedure requires the injection of contrast dye and local anesthetic. If you have an allergy to any of these medications please notify our representative, scheduler, or nurse as soon as possible.
- Nothing to eat or drink 2 hours prior to your procedure time.
- You may experience soreness at your injection site for up to 24 hours. This can usually be managed with over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Cold ice packs 3-4 times daily for several days are also effective. You may take your own pain medication if already prescribed by your referring physician.
- You can return to light activity the day of your procedure and avoid strenuous activity or physical therapy for the next 3 days.
If you develop fever or severe pain contact our office at 352-333-7847 (7VIP) or call your referring physician. After hours or on weekends, go to the nearest emergency room or call North Florida Regional Medical Center at 352-333-4000 and ask for the Radiologist on call.