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The effect of intraarticular local anaesthesia on postoperative pain in arthroscopic knee surgery

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Author(s): Mehmet Akif Altay | Cemil Ertürk | Nuray Altay | Hasan Atbinici

Journal: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Investigations
ISSN 1309-8578

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 86;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Arthroscopic | intraarticular local anaesthesia | bupivacaine | postoperative analgesia.

ABSTRACT
Objectives: The aim of thisstudy was to evaluate the effect of intraarticular local anaesthesia on postoperative pain and patients satisfaction in arthroscopic knee surgery.Methods: A total of 64 patients (18–45 years) who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery were included in this study. At the end of surgery %0.5 bupivacaine (20 ml, 100 mg) in group B and saline solution (20 ml) in group K were admitted to the knee joint. Ten minutes after application, knee joint was washed with saline solution in both groups. Postoperative visual analog scores (VAS) values of patients and additional analgesic requirements were recorded.Results: Postoperative VAS values of groups were compared, on the first 8 hours there was a significant difference but on the 12th and 24th th hours significant difference was not found.Conclusions: Intraarticular bupivacaine administiration was found as a reliable and effective method for pain control in arthroscopic knee surgery and can ameliorate patient satisfaction.
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