Peripheral nerve blocks in total joint arthroplasty beneficial for older patients with fewer comorbidities

In a study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), researchers found that the use of peripheral nerve blocks in total knee and total hip arthroplasty were associated with a consistent reduction in risk for postoperative complications in patients with a lower comorbidity burden. In particular, the most consistent reduction in risk of complications and use of hospital resources was in older patients with no comorbidity burden. These findings were presented at the 2023 Spring American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Annual Meeting and were acknowledged as one of the President’s Choice Abstracts.

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