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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?

15-20 minutes

Recovery

Most patients will start to feel relief on the same day of the injection and will continue to have improvement in their pain.