What is it?
|An injection that is performed to confirm that a specific nerve branch is responsible for pain experienced in the facet joint area. It is often done as a precursor to Radio-Frequency Neurotomy. Usually a series of two Medial Branch Blocks are done using two different anesthetic agents.|
How is it done?
|An I.V. will be started in your hand or arm. A local skin anesthetic is given. A needle is then inserted using Fluoroscopy (x-ray) down to the medial branch nerve(s) supplying the facet joint or facet capsule. An anesthetic is then injected onto the medial branch nerve.|
|A decrease in, or relief of, pain. A specific pain diary needs to be kept for the first 48 hours following the injection.|
How long does it take?
|Thirty minutes plus approximately thirty minutes recovery time. Please take your usual medications with a small sip of water unless otherwise instructed.|
|Risks include increased pain, headache, bleeding, infection, a reaction to any medications used, nerve damage, paraplegia/quadriplegia, or death.|
- YOU WILL NEED SOMEONE TO DRIVE YOU TO AND FROM THE SURGICAL CENTER
- NO FOOD OR DRINK FOR 6-HOURS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED TIME OF YOUR INJECTION
- HOLD ASPIRIN FOR 7 DAYS AND HOLD NSAID’S (Naproxen, Ibuprofen) FOR 3 DAYS PRIOR TO INJECTION.
- FOR BLOOD THINNERS (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix) SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR FOR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS.
- No driving for the rest of the day.
- Apply ice to the area every 15 minutes as needed.
- Continue exercises and stretches as before and as tolerated by pain.
- Drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.
- Take pain medication if needed as prescribed.
- Monitor your level of pain or pain relief from the time the injection is completed.
- Guard the affected area if numbness is present.
- Follow up as directed
- IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CALL 303-423-8334