The saphenous nerve block is a type of peripheral nerve block especially useful for relieving pain in the inner leg and knee that is purely sensory.
What is saphenous nerve block?
A saphenous nerve block is a minimally invasive procedure aimed at relieving pain in the inner leg and knee. This treatment involves the injection of a local anesthetic and, in some cases, a corticosteroid, in the region where the saphenous nerve is located. This nerve is responsible for providing sensation to the inner aspect of the leg and knee. By blocking this nerve, pain transmission is interrupted, providing relief to patients.
In which cases is the saphenous nerve block applied?
The saphenous nerve block may be useful in different situations, such as:
- Chronic pain in the inner leg and knee due to degenerative diseases, such as osteoarthritis.
- Postoperative pain after surgeries in the leg and knee region, such as joint replacements or ligament reconstruction.
- Pain from leg injuries, such as fractures or sprains on the inside of the knee.
- Rehabilitation and physiotherapy in patients with functional limitation due to leg pain corresponding to the innervation zone of this nerve.
How is the saphenous nerve block performed?
The procedure is performed in our clinic on an outpatient basis and under strict aseptic measures. The specialist uses ultrasound guidance techniques to accurately locate the saphenous nerve. A combination of local anesthetic and, in some cases, corticosteroid is then injected into the nerve region. The procedure is quick and usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Advantages of saphenous nerve block
- Fast and effective relief of pain in the inner leg and knee.
- Minimally invasive and safe procedure.
- Facilitates rehabilitation and improves leg mobility.
- Fewer side effects compared to pharmacological treatments.
- It can be performed on an outpatient basis, without the need for hospitalization.
The saphenous nerve block at Clínica San Román is a novel and effective treatment option for patients suffering from pain in the inner leg and knee. If you suffer from chronic pain in this area or have functional limitations due to pain, do not hesitate to contact our pain unit to learn more about this treatment and evaluate if it is right for you.