Study shows femoral nerve block effective in younger patients with knee surgery
According to a study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia procedure called a femoral nerve block can significantly reduce postoperative pain many young patients experience after knee surgery. The technique even allows most patients to go home that same day, reducing the need for a night in the hospital.
The research was published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and even suggests that femoral nerve blocks can reduce the need for narcotics before and after surgery. The study looked at 376 patients between the ages of 7 and 18 who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery between January 2009 and January 2011. Roughly one-third of those patients received a femoral nerve block in addition to general anesthesia.
Today, Children’s uses femoral nerve blocks about 150 to 200 times a month, which is up since 2010. The hospital is following up the research with additional studies on the technique.
For more information on the new study, click here: Anesthesia Cuts Pain, Hospital Stay in Half for Younger Patients with Knee Surgery.
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