Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 130, Issue 3, pp 417–421

Analgesia requirements after interscalene block for shoulder arthroscopy: the 5 days following surgery

Authors

    • Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryWorthing & Southlands NHS Trust
  • Giancarlo Camilleri
    • Department of AnaesthesiaWorthing & Southlands NHS Trust
  • Kush Narang
    • Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryWorthing & Southlands NHS Trust
  • Werner Hauf
    • Department of AnaesthesiaWorthing & Southlands NHS Trust
  • Richard Venn
    • Department of AnaesthesiaWorthing & Southlands NHS Trust
Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine

DOI: 10.1007/s00402-009-0959-9

Cite this article as:
Trompeter, A., Camilleri, G., Narang, K. et al. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg (2010) 130: 417. doi:10.1007/s00402-009-0959-9

Abstract

Introduction

Excellent initial post-operative analgesia for patients undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery can be provided with a single-shot interscalene brachial plexus block. However there have been concerns that when the block wears off, patients may experience pain and this may occur at home. Some investigators have advocated the use of continuous ambulatory local anaesthetic infusions following hospital discharge. We prospectively studied pain scores, analgesic requirements and satisfaction of patients at home in the first 5 days following arthroscopic shoulder surgery to see whether continuous infusion would be of benefit.

Results

Fifteen percent of patients experienced severe pain at some time over the first 3 days, and this percentage decreased to 7% by day 5. However 97% of our patients were satisfied with their post-operative oral analgesia management and less than 5% contacted their GP for further analgesia issues. Over 80% of our patients required only simple analgesics following hospital discharge.

Conclusion

Post-operative continuous ambulatory local anaesthetic infusions may not be justified following this intermediate magnitude of surgery.

Keywords

Shoulder arthroscopyPost-operativeAnalgesiaInterscalene blockPain

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© Springer-Verlag 2009