Recovery from a spinal or epidural anesthetic – Numbness and weakness is common and expected after spinal and epidural anesthesia and may take several hours to wear off. During this time, do not attempt to walk (unless being assisted by your nurse).
Recovery from a nerve block – The area that has been blocked may remain numb or weak for up to 24 hours (longer if you have a catheter/tubing inserted). During this time you will not be able to tell if something is painful. It is important that you do not place hot or very cold things on the affected part as these could cause burns. If you have a ‘weak’ leg do not walk without another person to assist you.