Regional Anesthesia for Ambulatory Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Jun;37(2):265-287. doi: 10.1016/j.anclin.2019.01.005. Epub 2019 Mar 15.


Proper pain control is critical for ambulatory surgery. Regional anesthesia can decrease postoperative pain, improve patient satisfaction, and expedite patient discharge. This article discusses the techniques, clinical pearls, and potential pitfalls associated with those blocks, which are most useful in an ambulatory perioperative setting. Interscalene, supraclavicular, infraclavicular, axillary, paravertebral, erector spinae, pectoralis, serratus anterior, transversus abdominis plane, femoral, adductor canal, popliteal, interspace between the popliteal artery and capsule of the knee, and ankle blocks are described.

Keywords: Ambulatory analgesia; Brachial plexus; PECS; PVB; Peripheral nerve blocks; Popliteal; Regional anesthesia; TAP.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Anesthesia, Conduction / adverse effects
  • Anesthesia, Conduction / methods*
  • Anesthesiologists*
  • Humans
  • Nerve Block / adverse effects
  • Nerve Block / methods
  • Risk Management