This is a way to stop pain during and after surgery on your hip or knee. It turns off pain signals for hours. With this block, you'll need less pain medication as you heal. Here are two ways to medicate the nerve in your hip area.
One way to do the block is with a needle. The needle is carefully guided to your femoral nerve. Anesthetic is then injected to numb the nerves in the area. If you need longer lasting pain relief, the doctor uses a different technique. Instead of a needle, a soft tube we call a "catheter" is placed by your nerve. A pump sends numbing medicine through the catheter at regular times, day and night. This gives you continuous pain relief. Talk to your doctor to learn more about this block and to find out if it's right for you.