Effectiveness of supplementing nerve blocks with local anesthesia infusions
Continuous infusion versus single bolus popliteal block following major ankle and hindfoot surgery: A prospective, randomized trialFoot Ankle Int. 2010 Dec;31(12):1043-7.
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54 patients requiring major foot and ankle surgery were randomized to be treated with continuous infusion of local anesthesia or saline placebo after the initial bolus popliteal block for post-operative pain management. After 72 hours observation period, both the pain scores and the need for opiates were significantly less in the treatment group with 0.25% bupivacaine infusion.
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