Adding Periarticular Injections to a Pain Management Regimen

    Dr. Henry Clarke discusses the research he and his colleagues recently conducted on the use of periarticular injections to manage pain in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty.

    Pain has been a fact of life for patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty procedures.

    Fortunately, advances in pain management – such as implementing a multimodal approach to controlling pain – have made these procedures more comfortable for patients and have contributed to reducing lengths of stay.

    In a recent study, Henry D. Clarke, MD, and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, examined the use of periarticular injections during surgery to reduce pain related to total knee arthroplasty. They were so impressed with the results, Dr. Clarke says, that they have now incorporated periarticular injections into their multimodal pain management regimen and eliminated nerve blocks.

    Dr. Clarke discusses the study results, the cocktail of drugs he and his colleagues use in their periarticular injections, and their overall approach to perioperative analgesia in an interview exclusive to ICJR.net.

    Click the images below to hear Dr. Clarke’s comments.

    Study results

    Perioperative analgesia regimen