The role of Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks is to provide relief for chronic leg pain with a fast recovery time.
You are told to lie on your side or your stomach during the surgery.
The actual procedure is reported to only take 30 minutes for the majority of people.
The general anesthetic given during surgery lasts only a few hours – as does any temporary sedation given. However, the block itself can last for multiple hours. Injections do have to frequent though and the more injections are given, the longer the medicine will remain in your system for.
There have been reports of patients feeling that their leg muscles are weaker and it takes more effort to do certain activities. However, this isn’t long lasting and research has shown that this only lasts for a maximum of 24 hours. If problems still persist after this time then a consultation with a doctor is needed.
There is also a possibility of soreness of where the injection was inserted – this is the most common side effect. However, this is only temporary and can be resolved by using normal painkillers.
Serious side effects are uncommon however rare symptoms include: infection, internal bleeding, and spine or epidural complications.