Regional anesthesia at home

Gloria S. Cheng, Lynna P. Choy, Brian M. Ilfeld

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the recently published peer-reviewed literature involving regional anesthesia and analgesia in patients at home. RECENT FINDINGS: The potential benefits and risks of regional anesthesia and analgesia at home are pertinent queries, and increased data regarding these topics are rapidly becoming available. Of particular interest is the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks at home and their potential effect upon hospitalization duration and recovery profile. SUMMARY: Advantages of regional techniques include site-specific anesthesia and decreased postoperative opioid use. For shoulder surgeries, the interscalene block provides effective analgesia with minimal complications, whereas the impact and risks of intraarticular injections remain unclear. Perineural catheters are an analgesic option that offer improved pain relief among other benefits. They are now being used at home in both adult and pediatric populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-493
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in anaesthesiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Ambulatory continuous peripheral nerve blocks
  • Ambulatory patient-controlled regional analgesia
  • Ambulatory perineural local anesthetic infusion
  • Ambulatory surgery
  • Regional analgesia at home

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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