Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks

Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks


The role of Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks is to provide relief for chronic leg pain with a fast recovery time.

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What is the procedure of Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks?

 You are told to lie on your side or your stomach during the surgery.

  1. Before the injection, you are given a general anesthetic.
  1. EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels are all monitored during the procedure.
  1. An injection is given that works as an anesthetic. It numbs the nerves in the back to determine the direct source of the pain.
  1. Sometimes, multiple injections are given – this is if the pain is in more than one region.
  1. Then, a needle is inserted to block nerve communication in the sympathetic nervous system. The needle contains medicine that will be released that has the potential to reduce inflammation and can relieve pain.
  1. Fluoroscopes are sometimes used (these are similar to X-Rays) so that the area that is causing distress becomes clear.
  1. After the surgery, there are follow-up appointments to see how your body has reacted to the medicine.

The actual procedure is reported to only take 30 minutes for the majority of people.

How long does the Sympathetic block last?

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.


Are there any side effects?

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.

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