Nerve blocks automatically deliver numbing medicine to surrounding nerves. Franciscan Health uses nerve blocks to help patients manage pain control after surgeries such as orthopedic joint replacement.
Many people avoid joint replacement procedures until their pain grows unbearable, afraid of an agonizing recovery process. Although there’s no way to completely eliminate post-operative pain, you can avoid it during the procedure and limit it greatly afterward thanks to innovations in pain management with nerve block injections.
Less pain means you get home earlier, begin physical rehabilitation faster and regain your mobility and independence sooner.
Nerve block injections are ultrasound-assisted procedures that deposit medicine around nerves near incision points to significantly numb pain. If you’re having joint replacement surgery (traditionally a painful orthopedic procedure) ask about receiving a nerve block.
Placed near an artery in your thigh, nerve blocks automatically deliver numbing medicine to surrounding nerves. Many patients using this advanced pain control regimen report little or no discomfort for two to four days after surgery, when post-surgical pain is typically at its peak.
Nerve blocks vastly improve your post-surgical experience. You’ll be up and walking sooner. You’ll be home faster. Best of all, you’re more likely to achieve rehabilitation and recovery goals when your pain is well-controlled.