Regional Anesthesia

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

  • Call Your Doctor


    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, or discharge from the injection site
    • Tingling, numbness, or trouble moving the affected area that lasts longer than expected
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Headache
    • Persistent coughing
    • Shortness of breath or chest pain
    • Lightheadedness
    • Heartbeat abnormalities
    • Funny taste or numbness of the mouth
    • New or worsening symptoms

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

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

  • What to Expect

  • 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:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity