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If you suffer back pain due to irritated spinal nerves your consultant may recommend a dorsal root ganglion block. This procedure slows or blocks impulses. Sometimes this procedure is done to get a more accurate location of existing pain.

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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Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Enquiries 0300 131 1401
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

Enquiries 0300 1311419
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

Switchboard 01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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