Information about regional anaesthesia and possible complications. This includes nerve blocks, spinal and epidural injections which can be used as the sole anaesthetic with or without sedation or in combination with a general anaesthetic.
Some operations can be carried out with the localised infiltration / injection of local anaesthetic around the area of surgery or around the nerves going to the area of the operation (by "freezing these nerves"). This is standard practice for some operations (e.g. hand operations), or it may be considered in sick patients to avoid possible complications of a general anaesthetic, e.g. in a hernia operation.