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Nerve Block Vs Ablation
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
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
Yes indicated: Herpes zoster ' shingles' after blisters healed in some will have severe disabling pains will lost for months and months which most likely you have involving one of the trigeminal nerve branch, the virus stays in nerve root for ever. Image guided cervicothoracic sym. Ganglion block along with t.N block most likely will help your pain , is relatively low risk procedure in trained hands. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anatomic differences: In a spinal block, the local anesthetic is placed in the spinal fluid; whereas in an epidural block it goes into the epidural space or space around the spinal chord. The latter works by diffusion of the drug to the nerves whereas the former the onset is faster and more predictable. Both have advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more
Pain Management: Is an epidural injection in the lumbar spine the same thing as a nerve block? Nerve block different than a denervation?
Is cervical interlaminar epidural block always better than cervical facet block? If interlaminar was no help, can facet joint block be helpful?
Which is the most invasive/possible problematic to the patient--splanchnic nerve block or a celiac plexus nerve block for pancreatic cancer pain?
Both are: equally "invasive but if performed by an expert (Pain Physician, Interventional Radiologist) are safe and hopefully effective. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve. ?
Possibly: Stellate nerve blocks are often used to treat peripherial nerve problems caused by injuries or trauma. They are designed to block sympathetic nerves. The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve, that does not go through the spine or neck, so i don't know if the stellate block would help. The sympathetic nerves do contribute to eyelid motion and facial flushing, so it may be worth a try. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not the same: Both are types of fatigue in the heart's wiring system. 1st degree heart block is when there is a delay in the signal getting from atria down to ventricles. That's minor. In more advanced heart block, some beats dont get through at all. In lbbb, there is no block between atria + ventricles but there is a delay in the signal spreading within the ventricles, which doesnt cause symptoms by itself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on condition: Epidural blocks are commonly used to treat back pain, to provide pain relief during childbirth. The medications are injected outside the sac containing nerves (thecal sac). Saddle block involves injection of medications into the sac, and is used to selectively numb the areas of skin that would touch a saddle if you were on one. Ask your doctor about the reasons to consider one or the other. ...Read more
Nerves near ribs: The intercostal nerves run along each rib. For an intercostal nerve block, the doctor injects local anesthesia near the nerve to block pain sensation. These blocks can be good for pain relief with rib fractures or other kinds of pain in the chest area. There are risks such as lung puncture, so they should only be done by a qualified physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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