What is the role of anesthesia in hernia reduction?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Ajita R Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Anesthesia is generally not required for most reductions. Procedural sedation is recommended if the patient is a young child. Procedural sedation can also be used in adults if a difficult reduction is expected or if initial attempts without sedation are unsuccessful. Epidural anesthesia has also been successfully used and might be an alternative for infants. [17] Ilioinguinal nerve blocks have been used as an adjunct for pain control for inguinal hernias. [18, 19]

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