Anesthesia for Orthopedic Surgery

Question: I am going to have an orthopedic procedure. My surgeon said I might have a block for pain. What does that mean?

For many orthopedic procedures you may be given the option to receive a pain block. Many times your surgeon will request these to be given for adjunct pain control following your operation. A block is the use of local anesthetics around peripheral nerves to “block” pain.  Pain blocks are frequently used in combination with pain medications and other classes of drugs to target and block various pain pathways.  Remember your CRNA and surgeon will help determine if a block is appropriate for your pain control following your procedure. Below is a list of common blocks offered for your comfort.

  • Femoral/Adductor Canal Block
  • Popliteal/Sciatic Block
  • Brachial Plexus Blocks
    • Interscalene
    • Supraclavicular
    • Axillary
  • Bier Block

For more information about regional anesthesia we suggest the following resources.