Nerve Blocks for Anaesthesia and Analgesia of the Lower Limb
The purpose of this article is to provide a detailed, step by step description of how to safely and reliably perform nerve blocks for surgery and pain relief on the lower limb, for
the non-specialist anaesthetic practitioner. It covers femoral nerve blockade, lumbar plexus blockade using the inguinal paravascular approach and sciatic nerve blockade. No description is given of more distal blocks, since the majority of the limb is readily anaesthetised with the techniques described and as a group they are relatively simple, reliable and commonly used.