alexa The Popliteal Nerve Block : An Efficient Technique In Foot Surgery

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The Popliteal Nerve Block : An Efficient Technique In Foot Surgery

The popliteal sciatic nerve block is a form of regional anesthesia most commonly used as a form of postoperative analgesia. It has shown to be effective for 15-20 hours postoperatively. The popliteal sciatic nerve block has an additional benefit in that it decreases amount of postoperative opioid consumption limiting the complications of these medications. There are several techniques in administering this form of anesthesia including a posterior approach for prone patients, or a lateral approach for a supine patient which requires less time. Ultrasound guidance and neurostimulation are typically utilized during this procedure. When using neurostimulation, a plantarflexion response is more predictive of complete sensory blockade than a dorsiflexion response. Using ultrasound with neurostimulation has greater efficacy at 60 minutes than using neurostimualtion alone.

 
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