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Tibial Nerve Versus Sciatic Nerve Block

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01415193
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 11, 2011
Last Update Posted : March 18, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Saint Francis Care

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to analyse the ability to selectively block the posterior tibial nerve sparing the function of the common peritoneal nerve. To assess the efficacy of blocking the posterior tibial nerve will give the same post-operative pain relief after total knee surgery compared to a sciatic nerve block.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Post Operative Analgesia Procedure: Selective Tibial Nerve block Procedure: Sciatic Nerve Block Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Selective Tibial Nerve Block vs Popliteal Sciatic Nerve Block in Patients Having Total Knee Arthroplasty
Study Start Date : March 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Selective Tibial Nerve Block Procedure: Selective Tibial Nerve block
Use of selective pain block.

Active Comparator: Control: Sciatic Nerve Block Procedure: Sciatic Nerve Block
Use of Sciatic Nerve Block

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. To assess if selectively blocking only the tibial nerve component of the sciatic nerve will prevent foot drop. [ Time Frame: Upon emergence from general anesthesia and up to 48 hours in the recovery room. ]
    Measure frequency of foot drop in two groups and compare results.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. To assess if levels of pain and analgesic requirements are similar between the two groups. [ Time Frame: 24 hours after total knee replacement surgery. ]
    Administer pain scale and monitor use of analgesics to compare levels two groups.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • total knee replacement

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of neuralgia, diabetes, pregnancy, allergy to local anesthetic solutions

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01415193

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United States, Connecticut
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, United States, 06105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Saint Francis Care
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Principal Investigator: Sanjay Sinha, MD Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

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Responsible Party: Saint Francis Care Identifier: NCT01415193     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 09-02-002
First Posted: August 11, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 18, 2015
Last Verified: August 2011