Regional Anesthesia

Overview

Definition

Regional anesthesia is a type of anesthesia. It blocks pain to a part of the body without causing sleep.

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

  • Pain and tenderness around the injection site
  • Bruising, infection, or bleeding of the injection site
  • Headache
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Nerve damage
  • Medication mistakenly injected into a vein or artery
  • Organ damage

Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes or obesity

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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RESOURCES

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists http://www.aana.com 

American Society of Anesthesiologists http://www.asahq.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society http://www.cas.ca 

Health Canada https://www. canada.ca 

References

Anesthesia basics. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/anesthesia-basics.html. Updated September 2015. Accessed October 2, 2017.

Regional anesthesia for surgery. American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine website. Available at:https://www.asra.com/page/41/regional-anesthesia-for-surgery. Accessed October 2, 2017.