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Sacral Lateral Branch Block

The sacroiliac joints form the connection between your pelvic bones and your backbone.

Sometimes these joints can become irritated and this can lead to pain. When this happens, the lateral sacral branch nerves transmit pain signals. Your doctor thinks this may be what is causing your pain.

Sacral lateral branch blocks are diagnostic injections. This means the procedures are performed to test whether these joints are causing your back pain. This is done by injecting a small amount of local anaesthetic around the nerves to see if this relieves your pain for a short time (usually a few hours, but can last for up to 2 days). It is important to remember that this is a diagnostic procedure only.

Sacral Lateral Branch Block

The procedure is performed as a day procedure in an operating theatre. When you arrive the nursing staff will prepare you for theatre. In the theatre you will be asked to lie face down on the operating table. The area around the injection site will be cleaned with antiseptic, and drapes will be placed around the operative area. You will be given a light sedating anaesthetic, and the needles used to inject the local anaesthetic will be inserted under x-ray guidance. The injection will be performed once your doctor is sure the needle is in the correct place.

If you are, or think you may be pregnant, please contact our office as soon as possible, as x-rays are contraindicated in this circumstance.

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