Elisabeth Gaertner

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BACKGROUND Continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) is the technique of choice for postoperative analgesia after painful orthopedic surgery. However, the incidence of neurologic and infectious adverse events in the postoperative period are not well established. This issue was the aim of the study. METHODS Patients scheduled to undergo orthopedic surgery(More)
BACKGROUND Efficacy of continuous perineural and patient-controlled ropivacaine infusion at home after orthopedic surgery was compared with patient-controlled intravenous morphine for functional recovery and postoperative analgesia in a multicenter randomized trial. METHODS Eighty-three patients scheduled to undergo acromioplasty or hallux valgus surgery(More)
BACKGROUND Brachial plexus is usually approached by the supraclavicular or axillary route. A technique for selective blockade of the branches of the plexus at the humeral canal using electrolocation has recently been proposed. The aim of the present study was to assess the feasibility of this technique in the ambulatory patient and to determine the optimal(More)
A case is reported of inadvertent insertion of a brachial plexus catheter into the cervical epidural space, at the sitting of an interscalene block for postoperative analgesia, during the recovery from general anaesthesia after surgical repair of a rupture of the rotator cuff of the shoulder. No features of cervical epidural anaesthesia were seen after the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of this article is to document where a lumbar plexus catheter introduced by the posterior approach will track and to evaluate the benefit of using systematic radiographic verification of catheter placement. METHODS A continuous lumbar plexus block (CLPB) by the posterior approach was performed on 169 consecutive adult(More)
Fat embolism is a severe complication in patients with femoral fractures. This retrospective study records 17 cases of post traumatic fat embolism diagnosed between 1979 and 1993 among 430 patients admitted for femoral fractures (incidence: 2.7%). These cases underline the high frequency of early hypovolaemia (10/17), of respiratory and cerebral disorders(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This prospective study compared the efficacy and adverse effects after knee surgery of ropivacaine 0.2% administered as patient-controlled femoral analgesia (PCFA), as a continuous femoral infusion (Inf), or as both (PCFA+Inf). METHODS Before general anesthesia, 140 adults scheduled to undergo major knee surgery received a(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES This prospective, randomized, and multicentered study was undertaken to evaluate the success rate of coracoid infraclavicular nerve block performed with a nerve stimulator when either 1 or 3 motor responses were sought. METHODS Eighty patients who presented for elbow, forearm, or wrist surgery were randomly allocated to one of(More)
UNLABELLED Parasacral sciatic blockade results in anesthesia of the entire sacral plexus. In this study we sought to determine the spread of the local anesthetic injected through a parasacral catheter, the anatomical location of the inserted catheters, and the extent and reliability of the blockade. In this study, 87 consecutive patients undergoing major(More)