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The Analgesic Effect of Nitroglycerin Patch for Postoperative Pain After Total Knee Replacement

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified July 2006 by Rabin Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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First received: September 12, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: July 2006
History: No changes posted
Patients who undergo general anestheesia for total knee arthroplasty pften have sever postoperative pain which hinders their rehabilitation. Nitroglycerin patches have been found to cause alleviation of pain especially when used in conjuction with morphine. Therefore we propose placement of a nitroglycerin patch after total kneee arthroplasty surgery and see how it affects pain scores or causes less nedd for morphine after surgery.

Condition Intervention
Total Knee Arthroplasty Drug: Nitroderm patch

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Analgesic Efficacy of Nitroglycerin Patches for Postoperative Pain in Patients Undergoing Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Further study details as provided by Rabin Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • pain scores
  • morphine use
  • sedation score
  • nausea and vomiting

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: July 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2006
Detailed Description:

Patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty will be randomized into two groups: control and placebo.

Eache patient will undergo total knee arthroplasty under general anesthesia. Both groups will get the same anesthetic protocal. At the end of surgery, before awakening patients will recieve either a nitroglycerin or placebo patch on their back. Both the participant and the investigator will be blinded to the group assisignment. At the end of surgery both groups will recieve morphine for postoperative pain. In the recovery room they will be given patient controlled analgesia with morphine. An investigator blinded to study assisignment will record pain scores, sedation scores, nauseau and vomiting. Patients will be given patient controlled analgesia for 24 hours and they will be followed for pain levels, morphine use, sedation and nauseau levels. The nitroderm or placebo patch will be removed after 24 hours.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pshychiatric disorder
  • Allergy to nitroglycerin or morphine
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Migraine headaches
  • Hypotension
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00375362

Contact: Artium Lenchinsky, MD 937 6811

Rabin Medical Center Recruiting
Petach Tikvah, Israel
Contact: Artium Lenchinsky    937-6811      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rabin Medical Center
Study Director: Leonid A Eidelman, MD Rabin Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Sharon Orbach-Zinger, MD Rabin Medical Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00375362     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 004083
Study First Received: September 12, 2006
Last Updated: September 12, 2006

Keywords provided by Rabin Medical Center:
patient controlled analgesia
total knee arthroplasty

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
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