Peripheral nerve block (upper limb)

Upper limb peripheral nerve block - anaesthetic injection in arm

An upper limb peripheral nerve block is an anaesthetic injection in your arm, close to the major nerves. It is often used to relieve pain during and after an operation by numbing the nerve. The block can be administered while you are conscious, sedated, or with general anaesthetic. Sometimes you may have a peripheral nerve block instead of a general anaesthetic during upper limb procedures.

The injection can be given in various places, such as your forearm, wrist, elbow, or near to your collarbone or armpit. Our specialist anaesthetists will locate the best site for your injection using an ultrasound scanner and a nerve stimulator.

This page contains details about peripheral nerve block for your arm, specifically your upper arm.


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