What is Discography?
Discography is a procedure where X-ray dye is injected into affected discs of the spine. An X-ray is taken after the dye is injected and may show tears in the lining of the disc. This allows a doctor to determine if the disc is responsible for your pain symptoms.
You will be lying on your stomach with your vitals monitored by an EKG, blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor. You will provided with local anesthesia, but still able to communicate with your doctor. The doctor will begin by gently placing a needle under the skin and into the dis. He/she will then inject the dye. This may cause pain, which will notify the doctor of disc damage and will also determine if the disc is responsible for you back discomfort. After the 30-45 minute procedure, you will be placed in a recovery room.
Is Discography Right for Me?
If you are allergic to any of the medications that are injected, if you are taking blood thinning medication, or if you have an active infection you should not get this procedure done. Overall Discography has few risks. Commonly encountered side effects are increased pain from the injection and light bleeding. If you think a spinal disc may be causing your chronic back pain, then this diagnostic procedure may be a good option for you.