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Sciatic Nerve Block
About the treatment
Initially, the patient will be brought back to the procedure suite where the skin is prepped with sterilization and local anesthetic to numb the skin and reduce pain. Live fluoroscopy (x-ray) is used along with an injected contrast dye to identify the pathway of the nerve block needle and proper needle placement. As needle position is confirmed, a sterile mixture of local anesthetic and steroid solution is injected into the targeted nerves. The needle is then removed and the physician applies a bandage over the injection site. Patients will then be observed in our recovery suite before being discharged for recovery.
After the treatment
Light activity and rest are recommended for 24 hours following the procedure. Patients may then resume regular activity as directed by their physician. If any complications or infections arise, we urge patients to contact your Desert Pain Specialists provider as soon as possible.
Patients should begin to experience pain relief within the first few days of the injection however full relief can take up to two weeks due to the corticosteroid used. Pain relief varies however injections typically provide between 3 and 6 months of relief. The procedure may then be repeated in the future if needed.