What is Regional Anesthesia?

 

What is Regional Anesthesia?

Regional anesthesia involves making a particular region of your body insensitive to pain or “numb” by placing local anesthetic near a nerve or group of nerves.  This is often referred to as getting a “block”.  Most commonly heard of blocks include a spinal anesthetic or epidural anesthetic.  Other common options include adductor canal blocks for total knee surgery, axillary/supraclavicular blocks for hand surgery, or epidurals for abdominal surgery.  The field of regional anesthesia and use of ultrasound has advanced profusely in the last decade, which makes it a great safe alternative to opioid use for pain control after surgery. 

For further information on regional anesthesia, please refer to the link below.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia Patient Information

 

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