Commonly asked questions about a TAP block

Does placing the TAP block hurt?
Your anesthesiologist will numb your skin before he or she inserts the needle for the TAP block. When the numbing medicine is injected it may feel like a bee sting. After your skin is numb, you will feel some pressure during the injection.

If you receive general anesthesia before you have this procedure, you will not feel the injections.

Can I walk after my TAP block?
You can and should walk after your surgery. Walking is one of the most important activities you can do to help you recover from your surgery.

Do I need a urinary (Foley) catheter if I have a TAP block?
You will not need a urinary (Foley) catheter when you have a TAP block.

How long will the TAP block last?
Depending on the type of medicine used, a TAP block will usually last for 12 to 36 hours.

How will my pain be controlled after the TAP block is done?
After the TAP block is done, you will take pain pills by mouth.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery, can-ah-95399
First Published: 01/24/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/15/2017