Lower limb nerve blocks

Calum RK. Grant

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    The proliferation of ultrasound use is changing the approach to regional anaesthesia of the lower limb. Techniques are being developed that provide high-quality postoperative analgesia while minimizing associated motor block that may impair mobilization. Regional anaesthetic techniques also provide significant opioid-sparing benefits (e.g. less sedation, nausea and urinary retention) that are key principles of current enhanced recovery protocols. Ultrasound-guided nerve localization offers several potential advantages when performing femoral, adductor canal, sciatic and ankle blocks; however, neurostimulation remains a useful and widely used aid to lower limb regional anaesthesia practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)155-159
    Number of pages5
    JournalAnaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
    Issue number3
    Early online date31 Jan 2022
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


    • Adductor canal
    • ankle block
    • femoral
    • lower limb
    • nerve block
    • regional anaesthesia
    • sciatic
    • ultrasound

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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