Comparison of patient satisfaction after general and regional anaesthesia in total hip and knee replacement surgery

Authors: Fořtová Magdaléna;  Šnajdárková Kateřina;  Štorek Ludvík;  Melicharová Olga;  Hájková Tereza;  Skoupá Markéta
Authors‘ workplace: Anesteziologicko-resuscitační oddělení, Pardubická krajská nemocnice, a. s.
Published in: Anest. intenziv. Med., 21, 2010, č. 6, s. 311-316
Category: Anaesthesiology - Original Paper


The aim of the study was comparing patient satisfaction and pain after general vs. regional anaesthesia in total hip and knee replacement surgery.

A prospective, comparative study.

Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Regional Hospital.

Materials and methods:
All the patients who underwent total hip or knee replacement in general (GA) vs. combined epidural/spinal anaesthesia (EA/SA) in a one-year period were included in the study. The patients evaluated their satisfaction and pain relief at 6, 24 and 48 hours after surgery.

We evaluated 127 patients after total hip or knee replacement under general vs. epidural/ spinal anaesthesia. Patient satisfaction was significantly higher in the EA/SA vs. GA group at 6, 24 and 48 hours. Pain was significantly lower in the EA/SA vs. GA group at 6 and 24 hours. At 48 hours there were no differences between the two groups.

We confirmed the hypothesis of higher patient satisfaction and better analgesia after EA/SA compared with general anaesthesia.

general – regional anaesthesia – total hip replacement – total knee replacement – satisfaction – analgesia


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