Transforaminal Selective Nerve Root Block
What is it about?
A selective transforaminal nerve root block is useful when an Epidural injection has failed to help due to nerve root irritation. Indications for a block include one of the following -- Foraminal Stenosis, Recess Stenosis, Lateral Disc Protrusions or Post Operative Epidural adhesions.
The whole idea is to inject the medicine as close to the affected area as possible in order to give an immediate and longlasting relief from the condition.
Before your scheduled visit/procedure
How is it performed?
Under Fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance, a thin needle is placed in the area of the involved nerve. You may or may not feel a mild 'electric shock' sensation when needle reaches proper position. Once needle reaches the intended position, physician injects the medication around the nerve root.
You may feel numbness, tingling and/or weakness in leg or arm (depending on the site of procedure). These effects usually wear off in 6-8 hours. You may resume normal daily activity the following day. Please call us if you continue to have pain or notce swelling, redness, fever or experience a new onset of weaknesss