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Regional anesthesia is the use of medicines to block pain from an area of the body such as an arm or a leg or the belly. It's a safe way to relieve pain during a procedure. It's often used with medicines to relax you or make you fall asleep.
It can also help relieve pain after surgery. And it may reduce your need for other pain medicine after surgery.
This type of anesthesia can be used for many procedures. These include hand or foot surgeries. It may also be used for total joint replacements of the knee, hip, or shoulder. It may also be used during childbirth.
The main types are:
You will get a list of instructions to help you prepare. Your anesthesiologist will let you know what to expect when you get to the hospital, during the surgery, and after.
You'll be told when to stop eating and drinking.
If you take medicine, you'll be told what you can and can't take before surgery.
You'll be asked to sign a consent form. The form says that you understand the risks of anesthesia. Before you sign, your specialist will talk with you. You'll discuss the best type for you. And you'll learn the risks and benefits of that type.
Many people are nervous before they have anesthesia and surgery. Ask your doctor about ways to relax before surgery. Relaxation exercises may be one option.
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Current as of: February 16, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & John M. Freedman MD - Anesthesiology & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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