A neurolytic block procedure can take up to one hour to complete. It is administered in a similar way as a nerve block injection, using x-ray images in real-time to guide the pain specialist.
Prior to the procedure, the doctor cleans the area where the medication will be injected using an antiseptic solution, and then applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Patients are asked to lie face down on an x-ray table so that the pain specialist can access the area of the spine where the injection will be delivered. The injection is then administered to the appropriate nerves in the spine.