LUMBAR SYMPATHETIC GANGLION BLOCK PROCEDURE
WHAT ARE SYMPATHETIC NERVES?
The sympathetic nerves form a network that extends along both sides of your spine, fulfilling vital roles in numerous unconscious bodily functions such as circulation, digestion, and sweat production.
WHAT IS A LUMBAR SYMPATHETIC GANGLION BLOCK?
A lumbar sympathetic ganglion block is a medical procedure designed to diagnose and treat various nerve-related conditions in the lower back. It entails injecting an anesthetic to numb specific nerve branches. In many instances, a series of injections is necessary to achieve optimal treatment outcomes.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE PROCESS LIKE?
To initiate the procedure, you will assume a prone or lateral position while receiving medication to induce relaxation. The healthcare provider will then administer a local anesthetic to numb the skin and tissues at the injection site.
Utilizing a guided x-ray device known as a “fluoroscope,” the physician will carefully insert a needle and direct it towards the sympathetic nerves. In certain instances, the healthcare provider may inject a contrast dye to help confirm the correct placement of the needle.
After properly placing the needle, the physician will inject the medication, which will envelop the nerves. This medication serves the purpose of inducing numbness, reducing inflammation, and alleviating any accompanying pain. The injection might also provide supplementary benefits depending on your needs.
Upon completion of the procedure, the needle will be removed, and the injection site will be covered with bandages. You will undergo brief monitoring before being permitted to return home.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF THE NERVES BLOCK?
Following the nerves block, it is common to experience temporary numbness or weakness in the legs. These effects are normal and typically last only a few hours. Depending on your condition, you may need to return for more injections in the future.
To learn more about the procedure, you can watch this informative video: Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block Procedure Video