Peripheral Nerve Blocks
A peripheral nerve block involves the placement of a local anesthetic agent around a nerve or group of nerves (plexus) to render specific dermatomes insensitive to pain. Peripheral nerve blocks are a type of anesthesia. The anesthetic is injected near a specific nerve or bundle of nerves to block sensations of pain from a specific area of the body.
Nerve blocks usually last longer than local anesthesia. They are most commonly used for surgery on the arms and hands, the legs and feet, or the face.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCKS?
Peripheral nerve blocks (PNB) may diminish or prevent the development of chronic pain syndromes because of the lack of central nervous system sensitization that occurs after acute injury. Finally, patients with PNB have minimal if any opioid requirements in the immediate postoperative phase.
Taking a detailed medical history is necessary to determine conditions like coagulopathy or respiratory compromise that may impact the decision to perform a block. A thorough physical exam will be conducted by an Apex Pain Specialist. Following the history and physical, the patient should be made familiar with the risks, benefits, and care needed during the recovery phase of the block.
For patients that are receiving a nerve block for a surgical procedure, they should follow the same fasting guidelines for the surgery as it may be necessary for deep sedation to be used in cases of an inadequate block. Also, intravenous access should be obtained due to the risk of potential complications like vasovagal events, local anesthetic toxicity, as well as the possible use of general anesthetics.
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