Regional anaesthetic techniques in orthopaedics

  • F. Bonnet
  • M. Osman
  • A. Babinet-Berthier
Part of the Topics in Anaesthesia and Critical Care book series (TIACC)


Orthopaedic surgery aims to recover functional capacity in patients but it carries a specific morbidity and mortality. Orthopaedic surgery conveys several challenges for the anaesthesiologist, including prevention of thromboembolic complications, reduction of peri-and postoperative bleeding and management of autologus blood transfusion and postoperative pain. Orthopaedic surgery is the place where the most dramatic developments in regional anaesthetic techniques have occurred. These techniques have been evaluated in terms of advantages and drawbacks compared to general anaesthesia. In addition, the techniques themselves have changed over the past years, the main trends being the development of peripheral blocks for the anaesthesia itself and the postoperative analgesia as well. Thus, anaesthesia in orthopaedics is a very large topic, but this review will only focus on specific problems related to the use of regional anaesthetic techniques.


Regional Anaesthesia Epidural Anaesthesia Femoral Neck Fracture Postoperative Analgesia Central Block 
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  • M. Osman
  • A. Babinet-Berthier

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