Joint Aspiration

A joint aspiration is a procedure using X-rays to locate the joint space in order to remove fluid from around the joint.

This fluid may be sent to the laboratory for analysis at the request of your doctor.

Before Your Procedure

  • Certain medications may increase your risk of bleeding and may need to be held prior to your procedure.
  • You must be off Coumadin for 3 days and Lovenox for 12 hours. Aspirin is okay to take.
  • You may resume these medications the day after your procedure, unless otherwise instructed.

During Your Procedure

  • Your skin will be washed and then numbed with a local anesthetic.
  • A needle will be inserted into the joint and fluid will be withdrawn.

After Your Procedure

  • You may resume your normal activity.
  • Notify your doctor of any signs of infection at the puncture site such as redness, swelling, tenderness or drainage.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop a fever or chills.
  • Your doctor will be contacted with the results of your test and will discuss the results with you.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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