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Intravenous Regional Anesthesia

What is intravenous regional anesthesia?

Intravenous (IV) regional anesthesia is medicine used to numb your arm or leg during surgery. IV regional anesthesia can be used for many kinds of surgeries or procedures on an arm or leg (limb).

What happens during IV regional anesthesia?

Your caregiver will place an IV catheter into a vein in your lower limb (leg or arm). He will put a tourniquet (elastic band) around your limb. He will then inject anesthesia medicine into the catheter in your limb. The tourniquet will be left in place to keep the medicine in your limb and keep you pain free during surgery. Before the surgery or procedure begins, you may be given medicine in your IV to make you feel sleepy and more relaxed.

What happens after IV regional anesthesia?

Feeling will return to your leg when the tourniquet is removed. You will be taken to a room where you can rest until the numbness goes away. Depending on your surgery or procedure, you will be taken to your hospital room or sent home. Arrange to have someone drive you home from the hospital. Do not drive yourself home. If you were given medicine to make you sleepy, have someone stay with you for 24 hours after you have anesthesia.

What do I need to know about IV regional anesthesia?

Tell your caregiver if you or anyone in your family has ever had any problems with anesthesia. Anesthesia may make it difficult to think. Do not make important decisions for 24 hours after you receive anesthesia.

What are the risks of IV regional anesthesia?

You may have a severe reaction to the anesthesia. It may cause nausea or vomiting. It may also cause you to have a seizure, a very high fever, or a heart attack. These conditions may be life-threatening.

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