A popliteal sciatic nerve block done with the Sonosite SII ultrasound machine
is a clinically valuable technique that results in anesthesia of the calf, tibia, fibula, ankle, and foot. Anesthesiologist Dr. David Auyong MD of Seattle, Washington here reviews scanning techniques and sonographic landmarks for the procedure, discussing important structures, techniques to visualize the popliteal vein, types of probe used, and needle/injection choices. The Sonosite II allows precise placement of local anesthetic, much reducing patient discomfort, providing superior visualization of the nerve and the needle during block placement.
The Sonosite SII ultrasound machine supports regional anesthetic techniques used during supraclavicular blocks – serving as an alternative or adjunct to general anesthesia needed for postoperative pain control for upper extremity surgeries (mid-humerus through the hand). Anesthesiologist Dr. David Auyong MD of Seattle, Washington here reviews scanning techniques and sonographic landmarks for the ultrasound guided nerve block. Dr. Auyong highlights patient position, the type of transducer used, the needle position and injection technique. The ability to image the plexus, rib, pleura, and subclavian artery increases safety due to improved monitoring of anatomy and needle placement.