Regional Anesthesia and Outpatient Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of clinical and operational considerations in performing ambulatory procedures. Risk mitigation is central to recent changes in patient, clinical and facility management protocols. While necessary, these changes can limit an ASC's ability to achieve maximum patient throughout. The use of regional anesthesia with local analgesia in lieu of general anesthesia may assist with the need to limit the risk of aerosol-generating procedures often associated with general anesthesia. Regional anesthesia with local analgesia can be an effective and efficient platform for ambulatory surgery. Learn about regional anesthesia with local analgesia and its use in the ASC.

  • Gary S. Schwartz, MD, FASA

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of clinical and operational considerations in performing ambulatory procedures. Risk mitigation is central to recent changes in patient, clinical and facility management protocols. While necessary, these changes can limit an ASC's ability to achieve maximum patient throughout. The use of regional anesthesia with local analgesia in lieu of general anesthesia may assist with the need to limit the risk of aerosol-generating procedures often associated with general anesthesia. Regional anesthesia with local analgesia can be an effective and efficient platform for ambulatory surgery. Learn about regional anesthesia with local analgesia and its use in the ASC.

  • Gary S. Schwartz, MD, FASA

ASC=ambulatory surgery center.