Workshop on Ultrasound Guided Regional Anaesthesia Conducted in Kolkata

 Ultrasound as we all know is a common investigative tool in the hands of the radiologist for diagnosing a multitude of ailments. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive procedure with virtually no side effects. This has resulted in the expansion of the use of ultrasound in other branches of medical science.

Of late, the field of Anaesthesiology, has seen a spurt in the use of ultrasound for many procedures. Most notably, Anaesthesiologists are using this technology for peripheral nerve blocks wherein the nerves supplying a particular area are visualised by the ultrasound and various medications are given to block the nerve transmission. This results in complete anaesthesia of the area/limb supplied by the nerve. At the same time, the patient remains awake and the risks associated with general anaesthesia can be avoided. Moreover the effects of the medications stay well beyond the duration of the surgery, providing prolonged pain relief to the patient. This also helps in bringing down the costs and side effects of excessive medications as is the case when a general anaesthesia is administered, mentions the press note shared by a city based hospital today.

Another important fact is, that when a patient has significant cardiac and pulmonary disease, …

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