The hip joint connects the leg and pelvis. If you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, dysplasia, inflammation or injury to this joint, a hip injection may be recommended.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
Do not eat solid food 3 hours prior to the appointment.
If you have an active infection and are taking antibiotics, the medication course must be complete prior to the procedure.
If you are taking blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix or Ticlid), you will have to stop the medication prior to the procedure. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping any medication to determine if it is safe for you.
Inform us if you are or may be pregnant, or have allergies to medications or x-ray dye (contrast).
Arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
How long will my procedure take?
A hip joint injection will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
What happens during my procedure?
You will be positioned on your back on an x-ray table. The area to be injected will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution. Local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area.
After the needle is placed, contrast material is injected to confirm that the needle is in the correct location. A combination of anesthetic and steroid will be injected.
When the procedure is complete, you will be observed for a short time. You should be able to walk comfortably. You will not need to have someone drive you home, although you may bring a driver if you prefer.
What happens after my procedure?
A summary of the procedure and findings will be sent to your healthcare provider.
Rest for the remainder of the day and do not return to work until the following day. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 24 hours after the procedure.
For two to three days after the injection you may feel soreness or tenderness at the needle insertion site or a minor increase in pain as the anesthetic wears off and the steroid starts to take effect. You can use an ice pack for up to 15 minutes per hour to relieve any discomfort.