Regional Anesthesia

(Nerve Block)

Definition

Regional anesthesia is a type of anesthesia. It blocks pain to a part of the body without causing sleep.

Reasons for Procedure

Regional anesthesia is used to make the body numb for surgery:
  • It may be used with high-risk surgical patients. It is safer for them than general anesthesia .
  • It has been proven beneficial in trauma, operation-related pain, and short and long term medical disease and pain states.
  • Epidural anesthesia is often used during childbirth to relieve labor pains.
  • It has been shown to help people be mobile sooner after surgery and increases duration of pain relief.
Anesthesia Injection into Spinal Canal—Epidural
Epidural Injection
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
  • Pain and tenderness around the injection site
  • Bruising, infection, or bleeding of the injection site
  • Headache
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Medication mistakenly injected into a vein or artery
  • Damage to organs
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

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