Continuous peripheral nerve blocks
Continuous peripheral nerve blocks provide targeted analgesia (painkillers) for a range of surgical procedures. A catheter is inserted through a small puncture in the skin close to the targeted nerve. This catheter acts as the delivery mechanism for the anesthesia.
The benefit of continuous peripheral nerve blocks is that some patients may be able to be discharged the same day after types of surgery which would have required at least overnight admission for pain control in the past.