The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 29, Issue 2, 393 - 396

Surgeon Delivered Psoas Compartment Block in Total Hip Arthroplasty

Green, Connor et al.
Hip

Total hip arthroplasty is associated with significant postoperative pain. A psoas compartment block is superior to other regional techniques in analgesia post THA. However, traditional methods of delivery are associated with serious complications. We present a technique of a surgeon delivered lumbar plexus block through injection at the portion of the iliopsoas seen intraoperatively. We randomised fifty-three consecutive patients into two groups. The group that received the block had an increased period prior to requesting supplementary analgesia and lower overall pain scores. There were no adverse effects. We have demonstrated the analgesic efficacy of Psoas Compartment Block performed during surgical access for total hip arthroplasty. This technique should be considered in the analgesic regimen for total hip arthroplasty.


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