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.

Purpose:

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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