Pain Management in Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty

  • Adam C. Young


Pain following surgery is predictable. However, the postoperative experience of any one individual varies in severity and duration. As we understand more about the complex interplay of risk factors for persistent pain following knee surgery, recognize the role of individual pharmaceutical agents, and develop regional analgesia techniques that promote early mobilization, fewer patients are left suffering from the lack of effective analgesia. This chapter offers the reader a comprehensive view of the options for pain relief following unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Many of these techniques are used in combination in an effort to produce an enhanced benefit and minimized detriment to patients, commonly referred to as multimodal analgesia.


Acute pain Postoperative pain Multimodal analgesia Regional analgesia Epidural Nerve block Adductor canal Risk factors Chronic postoperative pain Local infiltration Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory Acetaminophen Anticonvulsant Opioid Central sensitization Peripheral sensitization Wind up 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam C. Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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