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2022 Mar 25

BMC Anesthesiol



Local infiltration analgesia versus peripheral nerve block anaesthesia in total knee arthroplasty: a pharmaco-economic comparison.


Borck M, Wandrey JD, Höft M, Kastelik J, Perka C, Tafelski S, Treskatsch S
BMC Anesthesiol. 2022 Mar 25; 22(1):80.
PMID: 35337268.


A superior analgesic method in perioperative pain-management of patients receiving total knee arthroplasty is the subject of controversial debate. Although higher cost-efficiency is claimed for the local infiltration analgesia (LIA), there is a lack of data on its costs compared to peripheral nerve block anaesthesia (PNBA). The goal of this study was to investigate the differences in immediate perioperative costs between the LIA and PNBA in treatment of patients receiving total knee arthroplasty.