Local anaesthesia

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Local anaesthesia is used to numb only part of the body. Learn about it, when it is usually used and the different ways it can be given.

Key points

  • Local anaesthesia is used to prevent the feeling or sensation of pain during painful procedures and surgery.
  • Local anaesthesia can be given in the form of a needle, spray or ointment.
  • Local anaesthesia is directed at a specific part of the body.
  • Local anaesthesia is considered a low risk procedure.
Last updated: August 4th 2017