Ambulatory continuous femoral nerve blocks decrease time to discharge readiness after tricompartment total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, triple-masked, placebo-controlled study.

@article{Ilfeld2008AmbulatoryCF,
  title={Ambulatory continuous femoral nerve blocks decrease time to discharge readiness after tricompartment total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, triple-masked, placebo-controlled study.},
  author={Brian M Ilfeld and Linda T. Le and Robert Scott Meyer and Edward R Mariano and Krista Vandenborne and Pamela W Duncan and Daniel I Sessler and F. Kayser Enneking and Jonathan J Shuster and Douglas W. Theriaque and Linda F Berry and Eugene H Spadoni and Peter F. Gearen},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={108 4},
  pages={703-13}
}
BACKGROUND The authors tested the hypotheses that, compared with an overnight continuous femoral nerve block (cFNB), a 4-day ambulatory cFNB increases ambulation distance and decreases the time until three specific readiness-for-discharge criteria are met after tricompartment total knee arthroplasty. METHODS Preoperatively, all patients received a cFNB (n = 50) and perineural ropivacaine 0.2% from surgery until the following morning, at which time they were randomly assigned to either… CONTINUE READING

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