Review: femoral nerve block may be the most effective option for pain relief following total knee replacement
- Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Aaron J Krych, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905, USA;
Implications for practice and research
Utilisation of continuous femoral nerve blockade (FNB) following knee replacement surgery can provide superior pain relief and fewer side effects, compared to traditional patient-controlled opioid analgesia.
Further research is needed to compare the effectiveness of FNB to other pain management strategies, such as local anaesthetic infiltration and multimodal oral pain medication.
Knee replacement surgery is a painful operation and patient satisfaction cannot be achieved without excellent postoperative analgesia. Traditional postoperative pain management, such as patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), can cause fluctuating pain levels with …