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Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is an anesthetic agent given to temporarily stop the sense of pain in a particular area of the body. For minor surgery, a local anesthetic can be administered via injection to the site, while the patient is awake or under some degree of sedation. However, when a large area needs to be numbed, or if a local anesthetic injection will not penetrate deep enough, a regional anesthetic may be indicated. Side effects are rare, but are similar to those for nerve blocks.


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