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The Optimal Analgesic Block for Total Knee Arthroplasty

Bendtsen, Thomas Fichtner MD, PhD; Moriggl, Bernhard MD, PhD; Chan, Vincent MD; Børglum, Jens MD, PhD

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: November/December 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 6 - p 711–719
doi: 10.1097/AAP.0000000000000485
REGIONAL ANESTHESIA AND ACUTE PAIN: DARING DISCOURSE

Peripheral nerve block for total knee arthroplasty is ideally motor sparing while providing effective postoperative analgesia. To achieve these goals, one must understand surgical dissection techniques, distribution of nociceptive generators, sensory innervation of the knee, and nerve topography in the thigh.

From the *Department of Anesthesia, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; †Division of Clinical and Functional Anatomy, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria; ‡Department of Anesthesia, Toronto, Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and §Department of Anesthesia, Zealand University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Accepted for publication July 13, 2016.

Address correspondence to: Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Noerrebrogade 44, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark (e-mail: tfb@dadlnet.dk).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Supported by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.

Copyright © 2016 by American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.