Hello All, I have been doing some reading but a little confused. When are femoral blocks used? Is this what some refer to as the "nerve block?" Is this used in conjunction with other methods of pain control? And if so... which ones? Is the word "epidural" and the term "spinal block" being used synonymously? When you have a "spinal block" instead of general anesthesia... do you still receive conscious sedation alongside the spinal? (I am seeing that people that have had the spinal block, still say they were "out" and don't remember anything..) How long did you have the epidural catheter in place after your surgery? Thank you for your responses!