I don’t want to go to sleep, will regional anesthesia work for me?
Regional anesthesia can be used for many surgeries today especially when dealing with upper extremity or lower extremity surgery. Make sure to ask your anesthesia provider if it will work for you.
Can I have regional anesthesia if I am on blood thinners?
If you are on blood thinners, regional anesthesia can be more difficult to use because almost all regional techniques require the use of needles. Most anesthesia providers will not want to do an epidural if you are on a blood thinner. It is possible to still use this technique in many cases but make sure you discuss this with your anesthesia provider.
Does the regional anesthetic hurt?
Today most regional anesthetic techniques are accompanied by sedation and a local anesthetic. Chances are that it will hurt less than when they start your Intravenous line. It is usually a non painful procedure.