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I am an anesthesiologist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in Palo Alto, California. My specialty is regional anesthesia which involves performing a variety of specific nerve block techniques to numb areas of the body for pain control. Our research has shown that nerve blocks provide patients with the best possible form of pain management after surgery. At the VAPAHCS, we even use nerve blocks as the primary anesthetic for outpatient surgeries so patients can wake up faster, pain-free, and without the nausea and other side effects associated with general anesthesia.