Hand, Shoulder and Upper Limb - Local Anaesthetic Nerve Blocks - Leaflet

The Anaesthetist will often use a nerve block as a way of providing you with pain relief, during or after surgery. It often works better than traditional pain killers such as morphine and does not have any of the unwanted side effects of morphine, such as nausea, vomiting, itchiness and sleepiness.

A nerve block means that you will have one or more injections of local anaesthetic around the nerves, which supply the part of your body that will be operated on.

This is similar to the way in which your dentist would numb part of your mouth before a filling, for example. Having a nerve block should reduce the amount of post-operative pain or discomfort you feel after your operation. However, as well as helping with pain, it also helps you to recover more quickly following your surgery.

For more information please download the leaflet below.

Release Date: 23 Sep 2014