Regional anesthesia involves administering anesthesia to a distinct part of the body through the use of general, epidural or peripheral nerve blocks. The selection of a regional block rather than general anesthesia allows patients to be conscious during surgical procedures and can minimize the amount of time spent in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Not every type of surgery can be done under regional anesthesia; however, it is commonly used for certain orthopedic, gynecological, obstetrical, and ophthalmologic surgeries.

  Stephen M. Macres, PharmD., M.D., Director