Anesthesia is a medicine that blocks the feelings of pain and sensation during surgery. You will receive other pain medicine to give you pain relief during and after surgery.
During your recovery, you will receive pain medicine to help make you more comfortable.
You will meet an anesthesiologist (doctor) and a registered nurse anesthetist, who will review your medical history and talk with you about your anesthesia options. Your choice depends on your surgery, your medical and surgical history, and your physical condition.
The two types of anesthesia used for hip replacement surgery are general and regional anesthesia.
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These four videos review pain expectations, rating your pain, pain treatment options and home pain management.
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This 24-minute video explains what a peripheral nerve block is and how you can use it to control pain in the hospital and after you return home.
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