Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure

The Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure is an injection next to the exiting lumbar nerve of the spinal cord that is the likely cause of your lower back, buttock, and/or leg pain.

Why is a Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure helpful?

It is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of your lower back, buttock, and/or leg pain, which is likely due to a disorder of your exiting lumbar nerve. One medication is used for the injection: a short-acting local anesthetic numbing agent. You may or may not experience temporary pain relief after the injection. If you experience pain relief after the injection of the short-acting numbing local anesthetic agent, the relief of pain will last for a couple hours. The purpose of this procedure is to identify the site causing your pain for more effective longer-term relief of pain.

What happens during a Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure?

You will be asked to lie on your stomach on the procedure table. (If you choose to have IV sedation, you will not experience the following steps of the procedure.) The skin of your lower back at the injection site will be cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution. You will experience an initial sting at the injection site, as the skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic agent. Then, the doctor will guide the procedure needle by way of real-time x-ray next to the target nerve of your spine for injection of the short-acting local anesthetic numbing agent. The injection procedure itself will be brief, usually lasting less than 10 minutes.

What happens after a Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure?

You will be observed for at least 15 minutes in the recovery room for your response to the injection. Your oxygen level, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate will be monitored in the recovery room. You may become a little sore at the soft tissues of the procedure site, which is normal and to be expected. You may apply an ice-pack to the sore area of the procedure site. The soreness at the procedure site should go away in a couple of days. You may or may not experience temporary pain relief after the injection. If you experience pain relief of your lower back, buttock, and/or leg pain after the injection of the short-acting local anesthetic numbing agent, the relief of pain will last for a couple hours. The purpose of this procedure will be to identify the site causing your pain for more effective long-term relief of pain. A follow-up appointment will be made for you.

Can I go to work the next day after a Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Block Procedure?

You can return to work the next day.

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