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Nerve Blocks (for certain procedures)

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A nerve block is an injection of local anesthetic, such as Novocain, near a nerve. A nerve block is a very useful way to control surgical pain.

Depending on the surgery that you have scheduled, a nerve block might be discussed as an option for pain control. If you, your surgeon and your Anesthesiologist think you would benefit from a nerve block, the procedure will be performed prior to surgery. Typically the pain control from a nerve block lasts 4-24 hours.

If a nerve block is an appropriate option for control of your surgical pain, an Anesthesiologist will discuss with you details of the procedure, including risks and benefits.