Dr. John Gerancher began practicing anesthesiology in 1995. He is currently a professor of anesthesiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina.
Wake Forest University’s Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) provides three types of regional anesthesia for its patients. Regional anesthesia, applied to hundreds of patients each month, has a low incidence of serious complications. It is often the choice of surgeons, when appropriate, because it provides superior pain relief, uses less narcotics, and creates a lower risk of blood clots for some surgeries than other forms of anesthesia.
There are three basic types of regional anesthesia. Peripheral nerve blocks, delivered by a needle or catheter, involve the injection of medication into the nerves of the patient’s limbs. Epidurals are injections of pain medicine, delivered in between the spinal bones, with a dosage sometimes designed to last two days. Finally, spinals are injections in between the bones of the back, which numbs the legs for one to eight hours, depending on the patient’s needs.