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Title: Continuous local anaesthesia for post-operative mobilization of injured digits
Authors: Peng, Y.P.
Seow, C.
Low, C.K.
Chew, W.Y.C.
Pho, R.W.H. 
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Peng, Y.P., Seow, C., Low, C.K., Chew, W.Y.C., Pho, R.W.H. (2003). Continuous local anaesthesia for post-operative mobilization of injured digits. Journal of Hand Surgery 28 B (6) : 513-519. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We have studied the effects of sustained local anaesthesia on postoperative mobilization of the injured hand. Small epidural catheters were placed adjacent to the peripheral nerves providing sensation to the involved part of the hand under direct vision in the distal forearm. Repeated doses of 0.5% bupivacaine were then administered during mobilization therapy to relieve pain. Fourteen out of 24 digits (60%) recorded 30° or more increases in active range of motion after bupivacaine injection. The cases that failed to improve had suffered severe injuries. Complications were few and were easily managed as the catheters were distal, superficial and accessible. This is an effective, specific and safe method of providing sustained postoperative analgesia for mobilization.
Source Title: Journal of Hand Surgery
ISSN: 02667681
DOI: 10.1016/S0266-7681(03)00213-4
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