Question: What Can I Expect From A Nerve Block?

Is a nerve block considered surgery?

A nerve block, or neural blockade, is a method of producing anesthesia — a loss of feeling used to prevent or control pain.

Nerve blocks can be surgical or nonsurgical.

Nonsurgical nerve blocks involve injection of a medication around a specific nerve or a bundle of nerves..

Can you drive after a nerve block?

Please arrange to have someone drive you home after the nerve block, as you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure. You must be healthy on the day of your nerve block.

What is a permanent nerve block?

Surgical nerve blocks are permanent. They work by damaging or destroying specific nerve cells. Doctors may use them to treat chronic debilitating pain syndromes.

How long is a nerve block supposed to last?

For example, nerve blocks for hand surgery usually last for 6-8 hours, but a nerve block for pain after total knee replacement can last for 12-24 hours. Medication continuously delivered through a tiny plastic tube (nerve catheter) placed next to the nerve can last for 2-3 days.

What medication is used in a nerve block?

Blocks are injections of medication onto or near nerves. The medications that are injected include local anesthetics, steroids, and opioids.

How is a nerve block done?

A nerve block is normally done on an outpatient basis. You will be positioned on your stomach or side on a fluoroscopy (X-ray) or ultrasound table so your doctor can easily access the injection point. You may be offered a mild sedative through an IV line in your arm to ease your anxiety.

What does a nerve block feel like when it wears off?

You may feel some hoarseness, upper eyelid droop, nose congestion and eye redness on the side of your surgery. These effects go away as the block wears off. Let your surgeon know if these signs last longer than 24 hours after your surgery. You may feel some mild breathing discomfort.

Are you awake for a nerve block?

The nerve block injection itself should cause minimal pain, if any. Otherwise, for certain procedures such as hand surgery, you should be able to remain awake and aware of your surroundings and free to communicate with your caregivers during surgery, if desired.

Does a nerve block paralyze you?

Nerve blocks can cause serious complications, including paralysis and damage to the arteries that supply blood to the spinal cord.

Can nerve block cause more pain?

Risks and Side Effects Side effects include muscle paralysis, weakness, or lasting numbness. In some rare cases, nerve blocks may actually irritate the nerve further, causing an increase in pain.

What are the side effects of a nerve block?

Side Effects and Risks of Nerve BlocksElevated blood sugars.Rash.Itching.Weight gain.Extra energy.Soreness at the site of injection.Bleeding.Death (in rare cases)

Can you walk after a nerve block?

You will go home soon after your nerve block. Someone needs to drive you home because you may have numbness and, depending on the injection location, you may have difficulty walking for a few hours. You will need to rest for the day, so it is also a good idea to have someone stay with you.