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Durham, NH
A 22-year-old male asked:

I had surgery done for a navicular fracture today in my foot. how long does the nerve block last? been 6 hours and i'm still numb/can't wiggle toes

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Block decreases pain: Peripheral block duration depends upon what actual anesthetic agent is used in isolation or combination. They are done to decrease the pain associated with the underlying surgery. As the block wears off, pain pills (prescribed) will need to handoff the pain management duties in large part along with compression and ice therapy. In general, blocks can expect to last between 8 and 24 hours
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