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Tips for a Proximal Sciatic Nerve Block: Subgluteal Approach

July 4, 2023

A proximal sciatic nerve block is indicated for anesthesia and analgesia for foot and ankle surgery, procedures on and below the knee involving the posterior aspect of the knee, and above-knee amputation.

Subgluteal Sciatic Block: Patient positioning in the oblique lateral position.

Here are the 3 steps we follow to perform a proximal sciatic nerve block, subgluteal approach

  1. Place the transducer over the gluteal crease to identify the fascial planes between the gluteus maximus, biceps femoris, and adductor magnus muscles. 
  2. Identify the sciatic nerve as a hyperechoic oval structure within this fascial plane. 
  3. Insert the needle in-plane, from lateral to medial, toward the lateral edge of the sciatic nerve within the fascial plane, and inject 10-20 mL of local anesthetic.

Subgluteal Sciatic Block: Transducer position and needle insertion.

Watch the video below to get a better picture of the process and see how the NYSORA Nerve Blocks App brings these instructions to life:

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