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A peripheral nerve block is an anaesthetic injection in your leg, close to the major nerves, to relieve pain. It’s commonly used to give post-operative pain relief following a lower limb procedure carried out under spinal or general anaesthetic.
The injection can be administered in five different areas: the foot, ankle, behind the knee, near the groin or behind the thigh. Our specialist anaesthetists will locate the appropriate site for your injection using an ultrasound scanner and a nerve stimulator. If it’s likely that you’ll need further anaesthetic injections, they may insert the needle through a tiny tube that can be left in place for further treatments.
This page contains details about peripheral nerve block for your leg. If you still have questions, your consultant will be able to answer them.
EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.