Intercostal Nerve Blocks
What is it?
This procedure is performed to target inflamed nerve roots that may be causing pain.
How it is performed
X-ray guidance is used to help place a needle near the intercostal nerve(s). Then a combination of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected.
What patients are candidates?
Patients with painful areas of the chest or rib cage area after surgery in this area or after a shingles episode may benefit from this procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
Most patients will start to feel relief on the same day of the injection and will continue to have improvement in their pain.