are there any side effects to this procedure?
Jhee, I have heard of this type of proceedure, just not enough to give a 100% correct answere..I should be up tonite, I'll do a search & get back.
Hi, Nyota, sorry about your broken ankle. When I had foot surgery my foot was put to sleep but the procedure was straightforward and easy breezy. Whether your doctor does deaden your foot depends on his preference, how bad your break is, and if for many reasons you are a candidate for a block vs. general anesthesia. Just ask your doctor. All the best, Tony
When I had a bone infection in my foot and had it debrided, I had a spinal rather than general anaesthesia and the same doc is going to pin my fractured ankle on 3 sides with a spinal too rather than knocking me out. I don't know if they do nerve blocks for pain on top of knocking you out, but you can ask for pain meds to be given when you wake up if that's the route you go. All medical procedures carry risk but the only thing I experienced was a feeling soreness where they did the spinal, like a bruise. It also gives pretty good pain control after surgery which is a bonus. (They often do knee replacements with only spinals too.)
Having had 7 surgeries on my foot, I can vouch that yes they can do nerve block in lower leg and general anesthesia, too.
When I had surgery on my foot they did a spinal block and gave me a sedative too.
Nyota, Where exactly is the fracture? If you do not want a general anesthetic or a spinal, they can do a femoral block. Similiar to a spinal, but this would be administered in the groin area (my choice). Keep in mind a continual epidural is the best post-op pain reliever - it can be readministered through the existing catheter.
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