Spinal Injection Preparation [Video]

Ask the Expert: Injections Video Series

About the video: How to prepare for a spinal injection?

Summit Orthopedics’ spine experts Andrew Clary, D.O. and Pooja Mundrati, D.O. discuss the important steps taken prior to a spinal injection between the physician and the patient.

Meet Dr. Andrew Clary

Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”

Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

Meet Dr. Pooja Mundrati

Dr. Mundrati’s approach: “Initially, I hope to help my patients understand what’s going on so that together we can choose the best treatment plan. Ultimately, my goal is to help my patients get better and get them back to what they enjoy.”

Dr. Mundrati’s education: Dr. Mundrati studied at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her degree, she completed medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Following her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange and an internship at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, she participated in the Interventional Spine and Sports Fellowship program at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians in Phoenix, Arizona.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Summit Orthopedics’ spine care program is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

Constant interaction between the physician and patient is really important for any kinds of procedures or surgeries. The most important conversation in my instance would be about the medications that you take. The preparation of anticoagulation or a lot of patients are on blood thinners of all sorts, we will have that conversation about whether or not to hold that medication – whether or not there are other medications that you should consider holding. There may also be a period of fasting beforehand, because you will be laying on your stomach. And also, if anyone is scheduled for a procedure but happens to get an infection or not feel well, especially if they are on antibiotics, that would be a good reason to let us know. Other than that, preparation should be knowing what your diagnosis is. Being excited about potentially getting relief. And then having the conversation with me about what to expect.

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