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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)

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £2,321 Included £2,321
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £2,521

Local anaesthetic block (major nerve trunk)

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £1,886 Included £1,886
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £2,086

Removal of lump on nerve (local anaesthetic)

Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic Investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Guide price
Hospital fees N/A Not included £2,074 Included £2,074
Consultants fees from £200 N/A Included Included £200
Guide price £2,274

Specialists offering Local anaesthetic

Dr Neil Collighan

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Specialist

MBChB FRCA FFPMRCA

BMI The Chaucer 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 Patrick McGowan

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Specialist

LMSSA, FRCA,FIPP,BBCHB DA/UK, MB ChB

BMI The Kings Oak Hospital 2 more BMI The Cavell Hospital BMI Hendon Hospital

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Dr Ayman Eissa

Consultant in Pain Medicine

MBBCh, MSc, MD, FRCA, FMFPRCA

BMI Thornbury Hospital

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Dr Agustin Martin-Clavijo

Consultant Dermatologist

LMS, PhD, MRCP

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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