A ganglion is an abnormal lump that develops underneath the skin. The majority of ganglions form near the wrist joint, though they may also appear on the foot or ankle. Ganglions contain a thick fluid, called synovial fluid, which cushions and lubricates joints and tendons during movement. A dorsal root ganglion block is an injection around the dorsal root ganglion, which is located in close proximity to the spinal cord. The ganglion looks like a small swelling on the nerve that joins the spinal cord. This ganglion contains nerves that carry sensation.
Dorsal Root Ganglion blocks are used mainly for localised radicular pain (sciatic leg or arm pain) pain where simpler measures have not helped. They are most commonly used in the lumbar region. It may help your pain by reducing some of the pain signals. Pain relief can be short-lived although some people can get significant and lasting pain relief from these injections, it may not be a cure. Pulsed radiofrequency of the dorsal root ganglion is an attractive alternative to epidural steroid injection in the treatment of chronic lumbar radicular pain. It is target-specific and avoids the use of steroids, thereby eliminating their potential side effects.
The Holly’s expert team will provide support as you recover and arrange follow-up to assess your progress. If you have a ganglion that is causing you pain and you’d like a quick and effective solution, explore the high-quality treatment on offer at The Holly Private Hospital. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package with prices for dorsal root ganglion block (radiofrequency with IV sedation) starting from £2,450 (T&Cs apply). For more information and eligibility criteria, speak to one of our self-pay advisors by calling