is a Lumbar Sympathetic Block?
Lumbar Sympathetic Block is an injection of Local
anesthetic in the “sympathetic nerve tissue” this tissue
is located on either side of the spine. The injection may reduce
pain, swelling, color, and may improve mobility. Lumbar Sympathetic
Blocks are used in the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome,
(RSD), and Shingles.
The actual injection only takes a few minutes and
it consists of local anesthetic. The procedure involves inserting
a needle through the skin and into deeper tissues. The procedure
is performed under fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) so we know the exact
placement of the needle. Most of the patients receive intravenous
sedation to make the procedure easy to tolerate.
Close after the injection you may feel your lower
extremity getting warm, you should also start to notice that the
pain is decreased. You may feel some temporary weakness or numbness
in the leg.
For each patient we will perform one trial Lumbar
Sympathetic Block. If this injection was a success we will schedule
the patient for a series usually consisting of six, depending on
This procedure is safe. However, with any procedure
there are risks, and or side effects. The most common side effect
of this procedure is a temporary increase in pain. Fortunately the
serious side effects are uncommon.
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