Best Thoracic Medial Branch Treatment


Overview

Thoracic Medial Branch Block is a medical treatment that helps the doctor in determining the cause of the pain. A local anesthetic injected near the medial branch nerve helps in relieving the pain by stopping the pain signal from traveling to the brain.

Procedure

The patient is asked to lie down facing downward on a table. The skin where the procedure will take place is well cleansed. The skin is numbed using the local anesthetic and then a very small needle is injected near the medial branch nerve using the X-ray guidance. A few drops of contrast dye are is injected to confirm the positioning of the needle and then a numbing medicine is injected slowly into each nerve.

Benefits

Thoracic Medial Branch Block helps in providing instant pain relief to the patient by stopping the pain signals from traveling to the brain. 

Risks

There is rarely any risk involved in Thoracic Medial Branch Block. However, some of the risks involved are allergic reactions, bleeding, swelling, infection, etc. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Thoracic Medial Branch Block painful?

    Thoracic Medial Branch Block is a painless procedure wherein you can go home the same day 10-15 minutes after the procedure. 

  • How long does the procedure take?

    The procedure usually takes 15 - 20 minutes.