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Haywards Heath Hospital

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Accounts office 01444 476 733
Inpatient bookings 01444 476 776
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Why choose Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital for your facet joint injections?

If you suffer from osteoarthritis or spinal pain, you may benefit from facet joint injections, a pain management treatment which uses a local anaesthetic to block pain from wearing facet joints in your spine. At Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital we specialise in spinal treatment, providing patients from West Sussex and further afield a range of minor and complex spinal procedures.

Our experienced spinal consultants can provide you with a detailed diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan, personalised to you and the severity of your condition. To ensure the highest level of clinical care, our skilled consultants are fully supported by our attentive matron-led nursing team, who are dedicated to your care and wellbeing during your hospital stay. You can rest assured that you will be in the best possible hands for your treatment.

How to book a private consultation at our hospital in Haywards Heath

If you are suffering from spinal pain and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our consultants in Haywards Heath, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01444 847488.

Please let the enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging required.

What is a facet joint?

  • Your spine is made up of a column of bones called vertebrae
  • The vertebrae are joined together by small facet joints and spongy discs that sit between your vertebrae
  • Facet joints help to stabilise your spine
  • As you get older wear and tear (osteoarthritis) in your facet joints can cause pain
  • Often the pain is in another area of your body such as your thigh, buttocks or neck
  • A facet joint injection is a diagnostic tool to help your consultant confirm that your pain is caused by your wear and tear of your facet joints.

What happens during an x-ray guided facet joint injection at Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital?

  • A facet joint injection usually takes less than 30 minutes and is performed using local anaesthetic
  • A small drip (called a cannula) may be inserted in the back of your hand so that we can give you drugs immediately should you feel unwell. The needle is very fine so you may not feel a thing when it is inserted
  • An antiseptic will be used to clean the area and a local anaesthetic will be injected
  • Once we confirm the area is numb, your consultant will carefully insert the needle for your injection. They may inject a dye (colourless contrast fluid) and take an x-ray to confirm the needle is in the right position
  • Sometimes an ultrasound scanner is used to help guide the needle
  • You may feel some pressure in the injection area or along a nerve. This is usually temporary
  • We will monitor you carefully during the injection.

Going home after x-ray guided facet joint injection

  • You should be able to go home shortly after your injection
  • You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home
  • You should rest if you feel tired
  • Do not walk long distances, drive, operate machinery (including cooking) until you have fully recovered feeling, movement and coordination
  • You should be able to return to normal daily activities the day after your injection
  • Keep a record of your pain levels so that your consultant can plan your pain management programme or follow-up treatment.

Most people make a good recovery from facet joint injections. As with any medical procedure there could be complications including:

  • Failure of the injection to relieve your pain
  • Worsening pain
  • Backache or feeling bruised
  • Allergic reaction to local anaesthetic.

Rare complications could include:

  • Seizures
  • Injection
  • Nerve injury (short or long term)
  • Blood clots.
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