Regional Anesthesia - Santa Monica

The goal of the Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Pain Medicine Service (SMR&PPMS) is to improve patient care and acute pain management by utilizing regional anesthesia techniques for surgery and postoperative pain control. Perioperative regional anesthesia has been shown to improve patient outcome and assist with the early phases of rehabilitation, especially with Orthopedic surgeries. Epidural analgesia, nerve blocks, continuous nerve blocks and local anesthetics are among the many modes employed by the SMR&PPMS.

Prior to surgery, the regional anesthesiologists discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives of anesthesia with the patients. If there are no contraindications, the patients are advised about the possibilities of getting peripheral nerve blocks with catheters, epidural analgesia, or other types of regional anesthesia. The peripheral blockade and/ or epidural will be placed prior to the start of surgery. If a peripheral nerve catheter or epidural catheter is placed, a member of the SMR&PPMS will follow the patients post- operatively.

A member of the SMR&PPMS is on call 24 hours a day to achieve optimal safety, comfort, and pain control for patients. Our multi-modal approach to pain management includes a combination of oral medications, IV narcotics with patient-controlled analgesia, and deep breathing exercises and allows for superior pain control following surgery.