What does a peripheral nerve block treat?
A peripheral nerve block may be used to treat patients before, during and after surgery. Continuous peripheral nerve blocks are also used in providing pain-relief for some patients, depending on the severity of their condition.
Peripheral nerve blocks offer some notable advantages over other forms of temporary pain relief. For example, many patients who have a nerve block will wake up from surgery with very little pain. Oftentimes, the effects of the peripheral nerve block last into the next day, prolonging the pain-free post-op period. This makes it easier to start rehab the next day. Lastly, patients who have a peripheral nerve block typically have a less powerful anesthetic, which reduces side effects.