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The effect of local nerve blockade on the relief of postoperative pain is reported in a series of 167 patients who underwent surgery of the arm, knee or foot. In 80% of cases analgesics were not required within 4 hours postoperatively, and in 39% analgesics were not required within 8 hours. Conventional methods of postoperative pain relief are not always effective. Local nerve blockade can be used to provide complete analgesia after limb surgery and is therefore of great value to postoperative care.