When are peripheral nerve blocks used for surgery?

Peripheral nerve blocks are great for surgery on certain extremities. The goal of peripheral nerve blocks is to make the extremity numb and insensible to the insult of the surgery before it starts.

For example, peripheral nerve blocks are commonly used for:
  • total knee replacement
  • anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair of a knee
  • total shoulder replacements
  • repair of rotator cuff or labral tears
  • rotator cuff impingement repair


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