Lumbar Sympathetic Block
A Lumbar Sympathetic Block is used to relieve lower back and/or leg pain. The procedure consists of a series of injections. First a local anesthetic numbs the injection site to the sympathetic nerves. Then contrast dye is used in combination with a fluoroscope to identify the location of the needle in the painful areas. Finally treatment is injected around the sympathetic nerves to block pain signals, improving leg pain. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.