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Peripheral Nerve Block

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a peripheral nerve block?

A peripheral nerve block is a type of regional anesthesia. Medicine is given as an injection to numb part of your body. The arm and leg are the most common areas for a peripheral nerve block. Other areas include the head, neck, back, abdomen, collarbone, and hip. You may need a peripheral nerve block during surgery or a procedure. You may have less pain after surgery, and be able to go home sooner. Peripheral nerve blocks can also be used to treat chronic pain. The pain relief usually lasts 1 to 2 weeks.

How do I prepare for a peripheral nerve block?

What will happen during a peripheral nerve block?

What should I expect after a peripheral nerve block?

What are the risks of a peripheral nerve block?

You may have bruising or bleeding in the nerve block area. You may develop an infection. You may have a hoarse voice, blurry vision, or a droopy eye. These are usually temporary. If the medicine enters a vein or you get too much, you may get headaches and have muscle twitching. You could also have a seizure or a heart attack. The peripheral nerve block may cause nerve damage, chronic pain, or loss of function of the body part. A peripheral nerve block in your upper body may damage your lungs.

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