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Aguirre, J; Baulig, B; Dora, C; Ekatodramis, G; Votta-Velis, G; Ruland, P; Borgeat, A (2012). Continuous Epicapsular Ropivacaine 0.3% Infusion After Minimally Invasive Hip Arthroplasty: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Study Comparing Continuous Wound Infusion with Morphine Patient-Controlled Analgesia. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 114(2):456-461.

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Background:In this study, we investigated the impact of a continuous wound infusion with ropivacaine 0.3% on pain and morphine consumption after minimally invasive hip arthroplasty.Methods:Seventy-six consecutive patients scheduled for elective minimally invasive hip replacement using spinal anesthesia were prospectively included in this double-blind study. Epicapsular placement of a 15-cm fenestrated catheter was performed by the surgeon. Patients were randomized to receive either 20 mL ropivacaine 0.3% (R-group) or 20 mL NaCl 0.9% (P-group) applied into the wound as a bolus before wound closure. A continuous infusion of either ropivacaine 0.3% or placebo was then infused at 8 mL/h for 48 hours after surgery with an elastomeric pump. Morphine IV-patient-controlled analgesia was offered to all patients. Morphine consumption, pain at rest and with motion, and total and unbound ropivacaine plasma concentration were recorded during the 48-hour study period. Postoperative follow-up was performed at 3 months.Results:Demographic and surgical data were similar in both groups. Mean morphine consumption was significantly lower in the R-group than in the P-group during the first 48 postoperative hours: 45.4 ± 9.5 vs 69.7 ± 9.6 (P < 0.0001). There was a mean reduction of 14.4 mg for the first 24 postoperative hours (95% confidence interval [CI] 12.6 to 16.1) and 20.8 mg for the next 24 hours (95% CI 19.1 to 22.4). Pain scores at rest and with motion were lower in the R-group (P < 0.0001). Mean patient satisfaction increased 22.7% from baseline (CI 95% 15.9 to 29.6) in the R-group. Total and unbound ropivacaine plasma concentrations were below toxic levels in the R-group. The free ropivacaine concentration was 0.14 and 0.11 μgmol/L at T(24) and T(48), respectively, in the R-group. At 3 months postoperatively, hip pain and analgesic consumption were similar, but a significant reduction in wound discomfort to touch (31.2; 95% CI 27.7 to 34.7) and pressure (24; 95% CI 20.1 to 27.9) was observed in the R-group (P < 0.0001).Conclusions:Continuous epicapsular wound infusion with ropivacaine 0.3% after minimally invasive hip replacement is an efficient technique for reducing morphine consumption and improving the quality of postoperative analgesia. The beneficial effects of this technique are still present 3 months after surgery.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Anesthesiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:27 Dec 2011 09:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:18
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Publisher DOI:10.1213/ANE.0b013e318239dc64
PubMed ID:22075018

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