Shingles causes many people a great deal of pain, even after the lesions heal. An intercostal nerve block disrupts the pain signals so that you can rest and recover from shingles. Texas Pain Institute offers intercostal nerve block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
Our intercostal nerve block interrupts signals from the nerves in the chest area that are sent to the brain and translated as pain. The procedure is most often recommended for patients who are recovering from shingles, but may also be appropriate for nerve-related trunk pain that is linked to a previous surgery or other condition.
What are the Benefits of the Intercostal Nerve Block?
The main benefit of intercostal nerve blocks is the reduction of acute or chronic pain that is caused by medical conditions, such as shingles. Patients who qualify for the procedure may be reliant on medications to feel comfortable or may be unable to rest due to the intensity of the pain.
Am I a Candidate for the Intercostal Nerve Block?
You may be a candidate for our intercostal nerve block if you are recovering from shingles or have been diagnosed with another type of medical condition that causes chronic pain in the chest area.
How is the Intercostal Nerve Block Performed?
The intercostal nerves are located under the ribs. We use fluoroscopy to position the needle at the base of the nerve that is triggering your pain sensations. A medication is injected into the nerve to stop the pain.
What is the Recovery Like After an Intercostal Nerve Block?
We ask you to relax in our recovery area for approximately 30 minutes so we can monitor your response to the procedure. You may notice that the pain subsides immediately. This effect is due to the local anesthesia that is in the medication and will only last for a few hours.
What is the Prognosis After an Intercostal Nerve Block?
Steroids in the injections may take a few days to work, and the improvement should last for several months. For patients with shingles, this is typically adequate time for the virus to resolve. If your pain returns, we can perform a second series of injections.
Intercostal nerve blocks are safe and effective interventions that help with nerve pain in the chest area. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer intercostal nerve block procedures for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.