Epidural Blood Patch

An Epidural Blood Patch is a procedure to treat a spinal headache by injecting some of your own blood into the area of your spine that is leaking spinal fluid.

What to expect after this procedure:

  • Relief of your headache before you leave today.
  • Soreness at the site of injection for several days.

Comfort measures:

  • Use warm, moist heat or ice packs for soreness at the injection site.
  • Take over-the-counter medications for soreness.
  • Use medication prescribed by your physician.


  • Try not to cough or sneeze.
  • Do not strain for a bowel movement.


  • You may resume your normal diet.
  • Increase caffeine intake if headache continues or returns.

Notify your physician if you experience:

  • Sign of infection such as fever above 100 degrees, chills, redness, swelling or drainage at the site of the injection.
  • Your headache returns.

Please feel free to contact your physician by calling us Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m or Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at (563) 421-3555 if you have any questions regarding your care. Please leave a phone mail message after hours or on weekends.

Important Note: We are available for medication refill phone calls only during normal business hours Monday - Friday. Should you require emergency care, call your referring physician or come to the Genesis Emergency Room.