Adductor Canal Block Associated with More Promising Outcomes Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

Studies being reported on at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine’s (ASRA’s) 41st annual meeting in New Orleans provide further support for the benefits of ACB, including one by researchers at American Anesthesiology Associates of Illinois and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. They looked at various factors such as quadriceps muscle strength at 6, 24, and 48 hours, and up to 180 days after surgery, as well as other postoperative functional outcomes such as Time Up and Go (TUG), range of motion, 6-minute walking, pain score in relation to physical therapy, and pain medication use. They found that the patients receiving ACB demonstrated statistically significant increases in quadriceps muscle strength, a factor that is potentially associated with a quicker return to mobility. The abstract was selected as a “Best of Meeting” abstract, and primary author George Macrinici will present his findings on Saturday, April 2nd, during the Excellence in ASRA Awards Luncheon.

The 41st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting will be held March 31-April 2, 2016, in New Orleans, LA.

ASRA is the largest subspecialty anesthesia association in the United States with more than 4,000 members. The mission of the society is to advance the science and practice of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The vision of the society is to be the leader in regional anesthesia and chronic pain medicine through innovations in education and research.

1. “Prospective, Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial to Evaluate Adductor Canal Nerve Block Versus Femoral Nerve Block: Early Postoperative Period Functional Outcomes After Total Knee Arthroplasty.” George Macrinici, Steven Jiotis, Sreenivasa Dharmavaram, Maen Martini, Mohammad Almachnouk, Fritz-Jose Chandler, Gloria Diab, Denis Jones, Rosemary Zangas, Ruslan Turcanu. Scientific abstract: Regional anesthesia; Abstract No. 1229.

The 41st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting will be held March 31-April 2 in New Orleans. The meeting features 314 abstracts...

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