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Regional anesthesia uses medicines to block pain from an area of your child's body, such as an arm or a leg or the belly. It's used in many procedures. These include surgeries on the hand, foot, or groin area.
There are several types of regional anesthesia. They can be given near the spine, near a nerve, or in a vein.
Regional anesthesia can also help relieve pain after surgery. It can reduce your child's need for other pain medicine.
Serious side effects aren't common. But if nerve damage happens, it can cause long-term numbness, weakness, or pain.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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