Procedure & Treatment Library

Greater Trochanter Block

What is a Greater Trochanter Block?

Prior to the Procedure

Trochanter block
Image by Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What Will Happen?

  1. You will be admitted to the day surgery by a nurse and will be asked to change into a gown.
  2. The anaesthetist will speak with you and place a cannula (plastic needle) into a vein on your hand.
  3. In the procedure room, you will be assisted to position on the procedure table lying on your side with the hip to be injected upmost.
  4. The anaesthetist will give you some sedation into your vein.
  5. An X-ray machine will be used to determine where the doctor will place the needle for your procedure.
  6. Steroid and local anaesthetic will be injected once correct placement has been established with use of X-ray contrast (Omnipaque). The procedure will take around 10 minutes.
  7. After the block, you will be placed on a trolley and taken to recovery, where you will remain for approximately 1 hour.
  8. After having something to eat and drink, you will be discharged with a carer.

Post Procedure

If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.

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