The distal digital block
This is a cross between a traditional proximal digital block and a wing block. It works well for the second, third, and fourth digits, which are mostly volar dominant. The block bathes the volar nerve branch in anesthesia at the midline of the finger or toe.
Dr. Cressey begins by injecting ropivacaine proximal and lateral to the junction of the proximal nail fold and lateral nail fold. After creating a dermal wheal, she directs her needle perpendicularly downward toward the finger or toe pad, injecting 1-4 mL of anesthesia, depending upon digit size. Visible blanching will progress digitally. If resistance is encountered, it suggests the needle has penetrated a ligament or other fibrous tissue. Simply withdraw the needle and continue injecting.
“What’s nice about the distal digital block is you get an immediate effect, and there’s good hemostasis during the procedure as well,” she said.
Dr. Cressey reported no financial conflicts regarding her presentation.