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Brown: Atlas of Regional Anesthesia, 3rd ed., Copyright © 2006 Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier
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Because the femoral block is actually a field block, enough “soak time” must be allowed to produce satisfactory anesthesia. When sciatic and femoral blocks are combined, it is often helpful to place the femoral block before the sciatic block, thereby allowing extra soak time. Increasingly, patients undergoing surgery on the knee are effectively being offered femoral block as part of the postoperative analgesia regimen. Most often it is provided as a single-shot technique, although some practitioners provide the analgesia using a continuous catheter method.

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