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The most common side effect from this procedure is a sore back in the region where the block were performed. There is a very small chance of the needle puncturing a blood vessel. This potentially could lead to blood clot formation in your pelvis; however, this is extremely rare and your physician will take extra precautions to attempt to avoid this complication. There is also a very rare chance of injury to either the kidney or urethras. The urethras are the structure that connects your kidneys to your bladder. These risks are, again, extremely small and are even less likely when the procedure is performed under X-ray guidance.
What should I do if any problems develop after I leave the hospital?
If you have any questions after the procedure, the medical staff of the Pain Management Center is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
During normal business hours, you can reach either the nurse or physician by calling 650-723-6238.
After hours, the physician on call can be reached by calling the Stanford Hospital page operator at 650-723-6661.