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Lumbar Facet Block

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

What do I need to know about a lumbar facet block?

A lumbar facet block is a procedure used to decrease inflammation in your spine. Medicines are injected at facet joints in your lower back. Facet joints are found at the back of each vertebrae.

How do I prepare for my procedure?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for your procedure. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.

What will happen during my procedure?

You will lie on your stomach, with your body slightly turned to the side. A pillow may be placed under your abdomen, or you may be asked to bend one or both knees. A needle will be inserted into the facet joint in your lower back. Your surgeon may use dye with an x-ray or CT to help guide the needle. He will inject medicines, such as steroids, to decrease inflammation. He will remove the needle and cover the injection area with a small bandage.

What are the risks of my procedure?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Nerves, blood vessels, or muscles may be damaged. You may have numbness in other areas. You may still have lower back or leg pain.

Care Agreement

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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