Why would my anesthesiologist or I want me to have regional anesthesia?

 

Why would my anesthesiologist or I want me to have regional anesthesia?

  • Some surgical procedures are well suited for regional blocks (i.e.- carpal tunnel release & total knee replacements).
  • Certain medical conditions make a regional anesthetic a better choice than general anesthesia (i.e.- emphysema).
  • Patient preference (i.e. desire to watch portions of some surgical procedures on a TV monitor)
  • Avoidance of general anesthesia (i.e.- concern of postoperative nausea & vomiting)
  • Avoidance of the exposure of general of anesthesia to certain body organs (i.e.- a patient with heart disease)
  • Prolonged pain relief after surgery can be achieved with longer-acting anesthetics.

 

 

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