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Reg Anesth. 1993 Jan-Feb;18(1):18-23.

Reevaluation of the sciatic nerve block.

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Department of Anesthesia, Royal University Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Sciatic nerve blocks are perceived as unreliable, technically demanding, and uncomfortable. With strict criteria to define success rates, we designed a study to examine the efficacy of two techniques of sciatic nerve block.

METHODS:

All blocks were performed by a novice in sedated patients using an insulated needle and a nerve stimulator.

RESULTS:

Overall success with both techniques was 87.5%. One transient neurologic deficit attributed to the sciatic nerve block was observed; otherwise, the technique provided satisfactory anesthesia without complications.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patient acceptance was excellent.

PMID:
8448093
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