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.
- 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.