To ‘block’ your arm or leg we inject a drug called local anaesthetic beside the nerves that supply your arm or leg. The local anaesthetic soaks into nerves, numbs them, and you will lose all feeling and power in that arm or leg.
The block may be performed before you get to theatre in a designated area, in the anaesthetic room, which is connected to the theatre, or in the theatre itself. When you arrive, we will place a drip. We will attach routine monitors to observe your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen.