If oral pain medications fail to fully address chronic post mastectomy pain issues, patients may be treated with local or regional anesthetic interventions.
These modalities are best used if specific areas can be pinpointed upon examination, or if injured nerves can be identified with the use of medical imaging (EMG, ultrasound, CT, or MRI.) Other causes of chronic pain should be considered and managed.
Treatment options may include:
- local anesthetic injections
- steroid injections
- regional nerve blocks
- implantable nerve stimulators
An expert in interventional pain management works conjunction with the comprehensive treatment group to apply the appropriate care as indicated.