Foot surgery anesthesia is typically done with both IV sedation and regional anesthesia. An epidural injection in the spine anesthetizes only from the waist down and the patient remains conscious throughout the procedure. This is opposed to general anesthesia in which the patient is completely unconscious for the duration of the procedure. In addition to or as an alternate to an epidural, a nerve block may also be used to stop pain in the area of the surgery. Patients often have questions about the anesthesia: How long does it take to take effect? How long does it last? What will it feel like? We want you to be as comfortable, confident and well-informed as possible, so feel free to discuss any aspect of the anesthesia with your Centurion anesthetist.