Spine Procedures
Continuous Catheter Nerve Blocks

Continuous Catheter Nerve Blocks

A procedure to relieve pain by introducing a catheter to continuously provide local anesthetic to a painful area of the body.


Continuous Catheter Nerve Blocks

Continuous catheter nerve blocks are administered to continuously provide local anesthetic to a painful area of the body. This can be used to help relieve pain after surgery, and can be more effective than oral pain relieving medication.

After an anesthesiologist numbing the skin with a local anesthetic, the minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure begins with the anesthesiologist inserting a stimulating needle into the area. A small spine-held nerve stimulator is then used to send a low-level electrical pulse under the patient’s skin to locate the exact nerve location. The signal causes a painless muscle twitch and may cause a tingling sensation. Once the nerve is located, the anesthesiologist gently threads an extremely thin catheter through the needle. The needle is then removed, and the catheter is bandaged in place.

After the procedure, a nurse connects the catheter to a small softball-sized pump that contains pain-relieving medication. Once the pump is connected, it will provide a steady supply of anesthetic to the location of your pain. Patients typically return a few days later for the removal of the catheter.

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