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Haywards Heath Hospital

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

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Why choose Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital for your dorsal root ganglion block treatment?

If you suffer back pain due to irritated spinal nerves one of our expert spinal surgeons at Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital may recommend a dorsal root ganglion block. This procedure slows or blocks impulses and can significantly reduce back pain.

Our expert consultants will provide you with a quick diagnosis before compiling a treatment plan personalised to you. Dorsal root ganglion block procedures can also be used as a diagnostic test to gain a better understanding of where the existing spinal pain is and whether any additional treatment is needed.

Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital has been leading the way for private spinal treatment in the South East for a number of years. Our consultants and orthopaedic physiotherapy team combine to provide an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan and aftercare to get you back to the life you love.

Our hospital is conveniently situated on the outskirts of Hayward Heath's town centre. Our ideal location enables us to provide plenty of free parking for patients and visitors.

How to book a private consultation at Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital

If you are suffering from spinal pain and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our consultants in Haywards Heath, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01444 847488.

Please let the enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging required.

What happens during a dorsal root ganglion block?

  • A dorsal root ganglion block takes about 20-30 minutes however you will need to allow several hours for recovery time
  • You will need to put on a hospital gown. In the treatment area you may have a thin needle (cannula) placed in the back of your hand to allow staff to give you light sedation or fluids if needed
  • We will help you get into the correct position (lying on your stomach)
  • An antiseptic solution will be used to clean your back. This may feel very cold
  • A local anaesthetic will be inserted to numb the insertion area. Dye will also be injected so that the location of the needle can be clearly seen on an x-ray
  • Local anaesthetic and steroid will then be injected into your dorsal root ganglion to ease pain and reduce inflammation.

After dorsal root ganglion block

  • You will be taken to a recovery area where staff will monitor your blood pressure and recovery progress
  • You will need to lie quietly for about 1 hour. Be sure and let us assist you should you wish to sit up
  • Our staff will help you get out of bed to ensure you are steady on your feet
  • You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to drive you home
  • Continue to take any pain medication as directed
  • It may take a few days before you begin to notice pain relief from your block.

As with any procedure there could be complications including:

  • Pain and/or bruising at the site of the injection
  • Allergic reaction to medications used
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Nerve damageInfection (rare).
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