Should Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Receive Regional Anesthesia?

    Orthopaedic surgeons and anethesiologists across the country are moving away from general anesthesia for most patients undergoing elective hip or knee replacement, preferring instead to employ regional anesthesia techniques.

    What about orthopaedic trauma patients? Does it make sense to adopt regional anesthesia for these patients as well?

    The answer depends on the patient, said Nabil M. Elkassabany, MD, an anesthesiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia.

    We asked Dr. Elkassabany to discuss anesthesia preferences for orthopaedic trauma patients at his institution, as well as the overall pain management protocol for these patients.

    Click the image above to hear his comments.

    Producer: Susan Doan-Johnson; Director: Michael Szuch: Post Production: Michael Bugera