Lumbar sympathetic block

What is it:

Lumbar Sympathetic Block is an injection of local anesthetic in the "sympathetic nerve tissue" � the nerves which are a part of Sympathetic Nervous System. The nerves are located on the either side of spine, in the back.


The injection blocks the Sympathetic Nerves. This may in turn reduce pain, swelling, color, and sweating changes in the lower extremity and may improve mobility. It is done as a part of the treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Sympathetic Maintained Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and Herpes Zoster (shingles) involving lower extremity.

How is it Done:

It is done either with the patient lying on stomach. The patients are monitored with EKG, blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen-monitoring device. Temperature sensing probes are also placed on your feet. The skin on back is cleaned with antiseptic solution and then the injection is carried out. Fluoroscopy (X-rays) is used to guide the needle(s) in the proper position.
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