Postoperative pain control after total knee arthroplasty is a major contributing factor to patient satisfaction, rehabilitation, and length of stay. Current clinical practice guidelines recommend a multimodal pain management protocol, including the use of regional anesthesia. Periarticular injection (PAI) has been shown to provide excellent pain relief after total knee arthroplasty. Recently, liposomal bupivacaine has been introduced as a long-acting alternative to traditional local anesthetics, such as bupivacaine or ropivacaine. Liposomal bupivacaine is a sustained-release preparation designed to provide local analgesia up to 72 hours after initial application. The efficacy of PAI relies significantly on a meticulous, systematic injection technique. This article details recommendations for solution preparation and injection during total knee arthroplasty on the basis of the experience of a high-volume orthopaedic reconstruction service.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of surgical orthopaedic advances|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2015|
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