Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve Block Procedure

What is a Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve Block Procedure?
This is an injection next to a nerve (medial branch nerve) of a small joint (facet joint) between two vertebral bodies of the spine that is the likely cause of your upper-middle back, and/or flank pain.

Why is a Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve Block Procedure helpful?
It is helpful in the treatment of your upper-middle back, and/or flank pain, which is likely due to a disorder of your Thoracic Facet Joint. 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 local anesthetic numbing agent, the relief of pain will last for a couple hours.

What happens during a Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve 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 upper-middle 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 numbing agent. Then, the doctor will guide the procedure needle by way of real-time x-ray to the target structure 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 Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve 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 from the Thoracic Facet Joint after the injection. If you experience pain relief of your upper-middle back, and/or flank pain after the injection of the short-acting local anesthetic numbing agent, the relief of pain will likely last for only a couple hours. The purpose of this procedure will be to predict the effectiveness of a future procedure that disrupts the function of the nerve supply to the Thoracic Facet Joint for your longer-term relief of pain. A follow-up appointment will be made for you.

Can I go to work the next day after a Thoracic Facet Joint Nerve Block Procedure?
You can return to work the next day.

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