Before the introduction of local anesthesia surgeries were seldom performed, and when they were, they were extremely painful. Fortunately, medical improvements have advanced over decades and local anesthesia now provides a reversible loss of sensation to a specific region to the body. This process reduces pain and greater facilitates surgical interventions. A regional nerve block interrupts nerve signals to encourage pain relief.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we strive for back pain relief through conservative interventions. Physical therapy, injections, and other therapies are usually recommended before any surgical procedure. If a patient does not find success through these means, then surgery is considered after a thorough examination. Dr. Burak Ozgur will first suggest conservative treatments and have a discussion with the patient at the initial exam.
Nerve blocks help to reduce post-surgical pain and in some cases, can take the place for general anesthesia during surgery. A regional nerve block is administered by an anesthesiologist who uses advanced ultrasound equipment to control the pain numbing medication in the area of the body that will be performed on.
Typically, the injections deliver pain relief and comfort for up to 25 hours, but in some cases, a catheter is used to provide pain relief for several days. During the administration of a nerve block, the patient is able to remain awake and breathing.
There are various kinds of nerve blocks depending on where the area of pain is on the body. The most common kind include:
- Trigeminal nerve block- for the face
- Ophthalmic nerve block- for the eyelids and scalp
- Supraorbital nerve block- for the forehead
- Maxillary nerve block- for the upper jaw
- Sphenopalatine nerve block- for the nose and palate
- Cervical epidural, thoracic epidural, and lumbar epidural block- for the neck and back
- Cervical plexus block and cervical paravertebral block- for the shoulder and upper back
- Brachial plexus block, elbow blow, and wrist block- for the shoulder, arm, hand, elbow, and wrist
- Subarachnoid block and celiac plexus block- for the abdomen and pelvis
Offering the most effective spine treatments in Irvine and surrounding California areas, ONE Brain and Spine Center is committed to bring pain relief for all patients seeking help. To find out more about how ONE can help with your back condition, contact us today!
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
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