The production of insensibility in a part of the body by injecting an anaesthetic close to the nerves that supply it.
- The nurse instructs the patient to take pain medication before the peripheral nerve block wears off and before he or she can feel pain.
- An anesthesiologist usually is the physician performing the sympathetic nerve block and managing the patient's pain.
- If essential, pain relief and a local nerve block may be used to supplement conventional analgesia.
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