What is a peripheral nerve block?
A nerve block puts a part of your body to sleep by making it “numb” in preparation for surgery. It is a way to block the pain signals that travel along the nerves. By doing so, the nerve block helps you to not sense pain from the surgical site.
Why do I need a peripheral nerve block?
■ Surgeries, especially orthopedic surgeries, can be painful. Postoperative pain can limit or slow your recovery by making it difficult for you to participate in physical therapy, walk, go to the bathroom etc.
■ Peripheral nerve blocks work together with other pain medications (opioids, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, etc.) to provide optimal pain control.
■ The goal is to provide the best possible pain relief with the least opioid use.