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Nerve Block & Spinal Anesthesia


  • Depending on the surgical site, numbing medication will either be given around nerves in your arms, legs, abdomen or neck

  • Ultrasound imaging is used to find your nerves. Next, your skin is numbed to make you comfortable for the procedure

  • Then the numbing medication (local anesthetic) is injected around the nerves to make your surgical site pain-free

  • You will be given additional sedation and pain medications to keep you relaxed and comfortable during your procedure

  • It is strongly recommended that you start your prescribed pain medication when you get home before your block completely wears off

  • Further discharge instructions for nerve blocks can be found here - DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS


  • Spinal anesthesia can be used for orthopedic procedures (Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty) and cesarean sections

  • Spinal anesthesia blocks pain from the chest down. You will still be aware of touch or pressure, but no sharp pains will be felt

  • First, your skin is numbed at the injection site

  • A needle is then inserted into the spinal space and numbing medication (local anesthetic) is sent into the spinal fluid

  • The medicine blocks you from feeling pain

Regional Anesthesia Risks & Possible Complications

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Backache and/or headache

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Nausea and vomiting

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Allergic reaction to the anesthetic

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Decreased blood pressure

Ongoing numbness (rare)

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Irregular heartbeat (rare)

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Cardiac arrest (rare)

*Serious complications are rare

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