Ultrasound guidance improves a continuous popliteal sciatic nerve block when compared with nerve stimulation

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Continuous sciatic nerve blockade at the popliteal level effectively alleviates postoperative pain after major foot and ankle surgery. No randomized controlled trials have previously compared the success rate of continuous sciatic nerve sensory blockade between ultrasound and nerve stimulation guidance. In the current study, we tested the hypothesis that ultrasound-guided catheter placement improves the success rate of continuous sciatic nerve sensory blockade compared with catheter placement with nerve stimulation guidance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRegional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Volume36
Issue2
Pages (from-to)181-4
Number of pages4
ISSN1098-7339
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Electric Stimulation, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Nerve Block, Pain, Postoperative, Sciatic Nerve, Surgical Procedures, Elective, Ultrasonography, Interventional

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