Femoral Nerve Block

What is it?

The femoral nerve block provides anesthesia for the entire anterior thigh, the knee, and the femur. In addition, skin anesthesia is conferred over the medial aspect of the distal lower extremity via the terminal branches of the femoral nerve. The relative ease of identifying the femoral nerve and familiarity of the emergency medicine physician with the femoral triangle makes this block an excellent option for orthopedic injuries to the lower extremity. The femoral nerve block is generally well tolerated with infrequent complications.

What are the benefits?
Femoral nerve blocks can be advantageous to patients when compared with opioids, patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and epidurals, which are associated with a number of problems. It also has advantages when it comes to issues such as coagulation complications and mobility.

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