Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Blocks
Injections are into the nerve at the top lateral portion of your thighs on each side. When there is tingling, numbness or a painful stinging sensation in the front or outer parts of the thighs, the cause is often an injury or dysfunctional pressure to the area; the pain is often worse when sitting or squatting for long periods.
During the Procedure
The patient lies on their back on an x-ray table while numbing medication and then steroids are injected into the targeted area of the thigh using fluoroscopic guidance for precise delivery. The procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes, with about 30 minutes recovery. Discomfort during the procedure should be minimal.
It’s not uncommon to experience some numbness in the leg after the procedure, and the staff will make certain that the patient can walk safely before leaving.
If a patient desires further sedation, that is certainly available. Usually this isn’t necessary and sedation does increase recovery time. Whether or not the patient is sedated, Dr. Dumitru requires that after this type of nerve block, a patient be driven home.
Patients are advised to take it easy and not return to work or other taxing activities until the next day.
Degrees of response vary widely. Patients should report their degree of pain relief to Dr. Dumitru so any further treatment can be planned with accuracy.