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Information for patients
A local anaesthetic block can be helpful to relieve the pain after some operations on the arm or hand. Sometimes it is combined with a general anaesthetic, sometimes the whole operation can be comfortably done under 'block' alone. In either case it is important to look after your arm after the operation because it may remain numb and weak for up to 24 hours. If you have had a block please observe the following DOs and DON’Ts until the numbness has worn off.
As your block wears off you will probably feel “pins and needles” in your fingers. Don’t worry – this is quite normal. Local anaesthetic blocks are quite safe and complications are rare. For more detailed information about upper limb blocks and their possible complications please read the leaflets “Brachial Plexus Block for elbow, forearm, wrist and hand surgery” or “Interscalene brachial plexus block for shoulder surgery”.
If you have any concerns please contact the ward you were on. You should contact the ward if you notice any of the following: