If you have chronic chest pain after shingles or surgery, you may be experiencing a nerve-related condition. Central Florida Pain Management offers a treatment for this type of chronic pain—intercostal nerve block procedures for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding communities in central Florida.
What is an Intercostal Nerve Block?
Our intercostal nerve block procedure is a procedure that blocks pain signals from nerves in the chest area. It is most often recommended for chronic pain that is related to surgery or shingles. Intercostal nerve block for shingles pain helps patients rest and recover after a shingles outbreak. Chronic nerve pain after surgery is uncommon, but it does occur, and our nerve blocks make patients feel more at ease as they return to normal after a surgical procedure.
What Are the Benefits of an Intercostal Nerve Block?
Pain in the ribs and chest area after surgery or shingles slows your recovery and diminishes your quality of life. Intercostal nerve blocks are recommended when other options, such as medications, have not helped with your symptoms. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia.
Are There Any Known Intercostal Nerve Block Side Effects?
There are few side effects documented for intercostal nerve block procedures. You may experience some tenderness or bruising.
What is the Intercostal Nerve Block Procedure?
Advanced “live image” x-ray technology is used to guide the needle to the desired point of injection. The area has been numbed prior to the treatment, so you remain relaxed and comfortable. When the needle reaches the targeted nerve, a medication is administered that prevents the nerve from sending pain signals.
What is Recovery Like After an Intercostal Nerve Block?
The intercostal nerve block takes about 30 minutes to perform, and you will spend another 30 minutes at our practice so that we can monitor you. It may take a few hours for the nerve block to start working. The peak of chronic pain reduction typically occurs within three days.
What is the Prognosis After an Intercostal Nerve Block?
The longevity of intercostal nerve blocks varies based on each person’s metabolism and condition. We typically advise our patients that the nerve block should work for a few months. You can have additional injections if your pain returns.
If you live in Ocala, The Villages, or a nearby area of central Florida, we are your practice of choice for intercostal nerve block procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.