Patient controlled regional analgesia after carpal tunnel release: a double-blind study using distal perineural catheters
2011 (English)In: JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-EUROPEAN VOLUME, ISSN 1753-1934, Vol. 36E, no 3, 219-225 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study was done to assess the efficacy of a perineural catheter for pain relief following carpal tunnel release (CTR). Sixty-six patients undergoing open CTR under local anaesthesia (LA) were randomly divided into three groups: Groups A and B had a perineural catheter and Group C served as non-blinded control group. Postoperative pain relief was by self-administration of either ropivacaine (Group A) or saline (Group B) via an elastometric pump and by oral paracetamol in Group C. Patients in Group A had a significantly greater difference in summed pain intensity than Group B. Fewer patients in Group A requested supplementary analgesics than in Group C. Patient satisfaction was higher in Group A than in Group B on day 1. However better analgesia was not associated with better functional recovery.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier Science B. V., Amsterdam , 2011. Vol. 36E, no 3, 219-225 p.
Postoperative pain, patient controlled analgesia, hand, carpal tunnel release, local anaesthetics, ropivacaine
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67369DOI: 10.1177/1753193410390130ISI: 000288722900007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67369DiVA: diva2:409704