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Local anaesthetic

A local anaesthetic is a drug that's injected into the tissues to make it numb. It's also possible to numb all the nerves to a limb (called a regional block)

What is a local anaesthetic?

A local anaesthetic is a drug that is injected into the tissues to make them numb. Local anaesthetics temporarily stop nerves working so that you do not feel pain. The simplest form of local anaesthesia is to inject the drug just around the area where the operation is going to take place. It is also possible to numb all the nerves to an arm or a leg (called a regional block).

Are there any alternatives to a local anaesthetic?

If you are concerned about being awake during the operation, it may be possible for it to be performed under a general anaesthetic. 

What complications can happen?

  • Not enough pain relief
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Absorption into the bloodstream

Local anaesthetic summary

A local anaesthetic can be used for most people, giving a safe and effective form of pain relief both during and after your operation.

Local anaesthetic block (dorsal root ganglion) (local anaesthetic)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £2,165 Included £2,165
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,365

Local anaesthetic block (major nerve trunk)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,740 Included £1,740
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £1,940

Removal of lump on nerve (local anaesthetic)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,937 Included £1,937
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £2,137

Specialists Offering Local anaesthetic

Dr Ayman Eissa

Consultant in Pain Medicine

MBBCh, MSc, MD, FRCA, FMFPRCA

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Maheshwar Chaudhari

Consultant in Pain Management

MBBS, MD(Anaesthesia), FRCA, FFPMRCA

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

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Mr Azzam Farroha

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBChB, MSc, PGDip(Laser), FICMS(Plast), PhD, FRCS, FEBOPRAS

BMI The Priory Hospital 1 more BMI The Edgbaston Hospital

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Mr Naren Basu

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon

BSc(Hons FIRST CLASS), MBBS, MRCS (Eng), MRCS (Ed), MSc, FRCS, FEBS (Breast)

BMI The Priory Hospital

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Dr Yasser Mehrez

Consultant In Pain Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

MBChB, FRCA, MSc Anaesthesia, FFPMRCA

BMI The Saxon Clinic

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Dr Agustin Martin-Clavijo

Consultant Dermatologist

LMS, PhD, MRCP

BMI The Priory Hospital

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