Regional anesthesia

  • Holly C. L. Evans
  • Karen C. Nielsen
  • Susan M. Steele


Anesthesia for ambulatory surgery must facilitate home-readiness within hours of surgery. Regional anesthesia can fulfill this requirement by providing excellent intraoperative anesthesia while minimizing postoperative pain, sedation, nausea, and vomiting when compared to general anesthesia and opioid analgesia.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Single-injection peripheral nerve blocks with long-acting local anesthetic can prolong these benefits. Furthermore, continuous catheter techniques can facilitate same-day discharge of patients having more complex and painful surgical procedures.6, 7, 8 When appropriate patient education and follow-up are provided, ambulatory discharge of a patient with an insensate extremity can be extremely safe and should be associated with very few complications.9


Brachial Plexus Nerve Block Regional Anesthesia Femoral Nerve Block Peripheral Nerve Block 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly C. L. Evans
    • 1
  • Karen C. Nielsen
    • 1
  • Susan M. Steele
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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