Interscalene and Brachial Plexus Blocks are procedures performed by your anesthetist (anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetist), before your shoulder surgery, which numbs your shoulder and most of your arm.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
1. When successful, it provides excellent long-term pain relief on the day of your shoulder surgery, and may further reduce your pain during the rehabilitation period, even after the numbness wears off.
2. This pain control allows you to be sent home on the day of surgery.
3. This block reduces the need for strong narcotics normally used to control your pain after surgery, which have adverse side effects, such as nausea, itching, drowsiness, and “sluggish” bowel and bladder function.