Nerve blocking prior to surgery?

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Question from Elle: Tell me about nerve blocking prior to surgery.
Answers - Neal Slatkin In general, nerve blocks before surgery are done for purposes of analgesia and anesthesia so that the patient does not experience significant pain during the time of surgery. There's no indication that their use at the time of surgery will prevent pain from then occurring at the operated site postoperatively. Nor is there evidence that nerve blocks before surgery prevent the later occurrence of breast, axillary, or arm pain.

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