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Regional anesthesia - what does it feel like, and are you fully aware?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Light touch
Sometimes cannot be blocked by some regional esp.
An epidural but pain should be blocked, different sensations use different nerve types. Additionally you will probably be sedated unless you are pregnent.

In brief: Light touch
Sometimes cannot be blocked by some regional esp.
An epidural but pain should be blocked, different sensations use different nerve types. Additionally you will probably be sedated unless you are pregnent.
Dr. William Jenkins
Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
With regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural, block) the area to operated upon is anesthetized while you are awake.
Sedatives are also given by IV to make the patient drowsy and less likely to recall much.

In brief: Depends
With regional anesthesia (spinal, epidural, block) the area to operated upon is anesthetized while you are awake.
Sedatives are also given by IV to make the patient drowsy and less likely to recall much.
Dr. Marc Abramson
Dr. Marc Abramson
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Numb and sleepy
Most people are nervous during a procedure so you are often given a sedative to make you relax and feel drowsy.
The regional anesthetic is an injection into the nerves covering the area of surgery. There is some discomfort during the injection but then there is no feeling in the area of the operation. The sedative is usually timed to wear off near the end of surgery.

In brief: Numb and sleepy
Most people are nervous during a procedure so you are often given a sedative to make you relax and feel drowsy.
The regional anesthetic is an injection into the nerves covering the area of surgery. There is some discomfort during the injection but then there is no feeling in the area of the operation. The sedative is usually timed to wear off near the end of surgery.
Dr. Prashant Sinha
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Numbness
Regional anesthesia on its own procedures numbness in the affected area, but you are wide awake.
Most of us supplement the regional anesthetic with some sedative agents so the patient will sleep during surgery.

In brief: Numbness
Regional anesthesia on its own procedures numbness in the affected area, but you are wide awake.
Most of us supplement the regional anesthetic with some sedative agents so the patient will sleep during surgery.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Rita Agarwal
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Numb
Most people put local at the site of the block they are placing, so the skin in that area is numb.
You may still feel a little pressure or discomfort. If you let the anesthesiologist know they can give you more local anesthesia. Most patients tolerate these procedures very well, a little sedation can be used if you are very nervous. Once the regional is down, the area can feel numb, heavy, .

In brief: Numb
Most people put local at the site of the block they are placing, so the skin in that area is numb.
You may still feel a little pressure or discomfort. If you let the anesthesiologist know they can give you more local anesthesia. Most patients tolerate these procedures very well, a little sedation can be used if you are very nervous. Once the regional is down, the area can feel numb, heavy, .
Dr. Rita Agarwal
Dr. Rita Agarwal
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
In brief: Easy
If it is labor epidural patient is fully aware, because there are no sedation.
For most regional blocks mild sedation is used and patients do not usually remember the regional block. Vocalizing your preferences to the anesthesiologist is very important. After the block patient usually can not control or completely feel the blocked site. If it is for post op pain the numbness can be 24 hours.

In brief: Easy
If it is labor epidural patient is fully aware, because there are no sedation.
For most regional blocks mild sedation is used and patients do not usually remember the regional block. Vocalizing your preferences to the anesthesiologist is very important. After the block patient usually can not control or completely feel the blocked site. If it is for post op pain the numbness can be 24 hours.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Dr. Boris Aronzon
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