More and more surgical procedures, especially in the area of
orthopaedics, are being performed using a targeted anesthesia procedure known as
a regional nerve block.
A nerve block not only helps effectively manage
post-surgical pain but also, in some cases, it can eliminate the need for
general anesthesia during surgery.
With regional nerve blocks:
anesthesiologist uses sophisticated ultrasound equipment to deliver precise
doses of pain numbing medications so that only the area of your body that
requires surgery will be numb.
- In many
cases the patient can be sedated rather that given general anesthesia.
injections provide comfort for up to 24 hours.
- For major
procedures, a catheter can be inserted at the site of the nerve block to
provide several days of pain relief.
Nerve blocks provide excellent postoperative pain relief for
shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist, arm, and hand surgeries.
We also have an anesthesia
regional nerve block support phone line if you have any questions or concerns
about your block after you leave the hospital. The phone number is provided at
the time of your surgery.