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Tumescent infiltration versus femoral nerve block for skin graft harvest-a prospective randomized study

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Author(s): Mathew J | Varghese S | Jagadeesh S

Journal: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery
ISSN 0970-0358

Volume: 38;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 110;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Tumescent | Femoral nerve block | Skin graft

ABSTRACT
In this prospective, randomized study, 60 patients requiring a single sheet of graft were randomized into 2 groups. Tumescent infiltration was used for anesthesia in one group and femoral nerve block in the other. The pain during administration of anesthesia, the time required for onset of action, the pain during graft harvest and the failure rates were recorded. Statistical comparison was done using Fischers Exact probability test for the failure rates and Mann Whitney- U test for the other parameters. The pain during administration was significantly higher for tumescent infiltration. The time for onset of action was significantly faster with femoral nerve block. The pain during harvest and the failure rates did not show any significant difference. We conclude that tumescent infiltration is more painful than femoral nerve block but equally effective as anesthesia with no difference in the failure and complication rates.
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