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What's a facet nerve block procedure?

What's a facet nerve block procedure?

Facet Injection: A facet injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve back pain caused by inflamed facet joints. A facet injection includes both a long-lasting corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent. The Medial Branch Block is mostly an anesthetic injection for diagnostic purposes to determine candidacy for radiofrequency ablation. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more


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What's a lumbar sympathetic block procedure?

What's a lumbar sympathetic block procedure?

Local anesthesia: This is a block in which a local anesthesia is injected into the lumbar plexus of nerves to alleviate the symptoms of nerve irritation. ...Read more

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Is cervical medial branch block a type of epidural block? Or just giving medicines around the medial branch nerve?

Two kinds: Cervical medial branch block can be done with just pain numbing drugs or by radiofrequency ablation which lasts months. These procedures block the medical branch of the pain fibers without invading the spinal canal. This is also done in the lumbar area. ...Read more

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Is rt. Bundle branch block reversible?

Is rt. Bundle branch block reversible?

RBBB: Rbbb is generally benign. Some of its causes are reversible and some are not. ...Read more

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What is the procedure "intercoastal nerve block" or "intercoastal n-block?

What is the procedure "intercoastal nerve block" or "intercoastal n-block?

Intercostal nerve: The procedure intercostal nerve block is usually done to numb up some of the nerves of the chest wall. There are nerves that travel along the rib. If one has chest pain from an injury for example one may inject these nerves with lidocaine. This then causes the nerve to be numb and helps the chest wall pain. ...Read more

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Is left bundle branch block reversible?

Is left bundle branch block reversible?

Yes: It is sometimes seen intermittently. It can be present on an EKG and not on one done at a later date. At times it occurs when the heart is beating fast but not with slower heart rates. ...Read more

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Lumbar media branch vs facet joint?

Lumbar media branch vs  facet joint?

Depends: Where they inject and how much relief you get depends on what is causing the pain. Discuss this with your pain mgmt doctor. ...Read more

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Will left bundle branch block cells regenerate?

Will left bundle branch block cells regenerate?

Usually not: Left bundle branch block (lbbb) develops when 2/3 electrical "wires" in the heart stop working. Many patients can have lbbb and no sx. Lbbb usually reflects aging of the heart but can be seen in a variety of pathological heart conditions. Rarely, medicines which affect the speed of electrical conduction in the heart can cause lbbb which reverses. This technically not cellular regeneration. ...Read more

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Is lumbar medial branch radiofrequency ablation safe in patients with multiple sclerosis?

Is lumbar medial branch radiofrequency ablation safe in patients with multiple sclerosis?

Yes: There is absolutely NO clinical evidence that any type of surgery, anesthesia, or standard clinical injections can affect the trajectory of MS, and radio frequency ablation should be relatively safe. ...Read more

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Is the lumbar sympathetic block painful without sedation?

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Is the lumbar sympathetic block painful without sedation?

Possibly: An lsb is usually done with skin local anesthesia first. This will cut down on the discomfort but once they get to the deep muscles it may get uncomfortable. That being said, people do it without sedation all the time and do just fine . Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Femoral block complications. Can masses around the femoral nerve and femoral artery complicate femoral nerve blocks?

Femoral block complications.  Can masses around the femoral nerve 
and femoral artery complicate femoral 
nerve blocks?

Possibly: It can make performance of the block more difficult, ultrasound can help determine anatomy and if it is even possible to place the block. ...Read more

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Why are left bundle branch blocks worse than right bundle branch blocks?

Why are left bundle branch blocks worse than right bundle branch blocks?

The cause important: The right bundle is relatively easy to damage, so relatively small injuries can create it. The left bundles (two of them, one easy to injure, one hard to damage) require more damage to interfere with their function, so they are associated with "worse" heart disease with the prognosis inherent in your question. Cause is important, so need to talk to your doctors to sort those out. ...Read more

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Is right bundle branch block serious?

Is right bundle branch block serious?

Depends: Right bundle branch block (rbbb) in and of itself is likely not a detrimental issue, however if it happens in the setting of a heart attack, it portends a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Is left bundle branch block life shortening?

Is left bundle branch block life shortening?

Possibly: As most people with lbbb have heart muscle abnormalities, yes. But about 15% of people with left bundle branch block have structurally normal hearts, so the answer is maybe or sometimes. ...Read more

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Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?

Depends: On what the reason for either injection is. Typically Epidural injections help with disk herniations, nerve impingement and spinal stenosis of the spine. Facet treatments basically address/help with the facet joint only as the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Is partial right bundle branch block affected by food?

Is partial right bundle branch block affected by food?

No Effect: Incomplete right bundle branch block is a benign variant of the electrical conduction through the heart. It is not effected by food in any way. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a complete bundle branch block and an incomplete bundle branch block?

Ecg : Complete bundle branch block has slowing of conduction in that bundle of 0.12 sec or greater, incomplete block is range 0.10--.12sec. This is measured on ecg. ...Read more

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Is right bundle branch block reversible with treatment?

No: There is no treatment for rignt bundle branch block. It sometimes is intermittent (comes and goes). Fortunately it is for the most part benign. ...Read more

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Mri shows oblique nondisplaced tear posterior horn and body medial meniscus, medial meniscal protrusion into the medial gutter. Will i need surgery?

Mri shows oblique nondisplaced tear posterior horn and body medial meniscus, medial meniscal protrusion into the medial gutter. Will i need surgery?

Surgery : Surgery is most likely needed to resolve your problem. Meniscus tears simply do not heal on their own, regardless of conservative treatment (including prolotherapy). It is possible that your symptoms of pain, etc will improve with time without surgery...But that doesn't mean the tear healed. In fact, the tear will most likely get bigger leading to additional damage if not taken care of soon. ...Read more

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