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Prospective Evaluation of Femoral Versus Femoral and Sciatic Nerve Block for Ambulatory Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

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 May 2013 by University of California, San Francisco.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, San Francisco Identifier:
First received: September 30, 2011
Last updated: May 16, 2013
Last verified: May 2013
The investigators propose that a preoperative femoral and sciatic blocks vs a femoral block only, prior to ambulatory anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction will lead to a decrease in opiate consumption, pain scores, post operative nausea/vomiting, and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) length of stay. The investigators are prospectively randomizing patients to either a femoral or a fem/sciatic block and monitor outcomes.

Condition Intervention
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Procedure: Sciatic Block Procedure: Femoral Block only

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Addition of a Preoperative Sciatic Nerve Block to a Femoral Nerve Block for Ambulatory Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction

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Further study details as provided by University of California, San Francisco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain Scores [ Time Frame: Duration of stay at recovery room unil post operative day number 3. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of stay [ Time Frame: Duration of stay in the recovery room ]
  • Opiate consumption [ Time Frame: During surgery, recovery room and for 3 days after discharge ]
  • PONV [ Time Frame: During the recovery room stay and after discharge from surgery center for up to 3 days. ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Femoral and Sciatic Block Procedure: Sciatic Block
Performing a sciatic block in addition to a femoral block preoperatively
Femoral Block Only Procedure: Femoral Block only
Performing a preoperative sciatic nerve block only


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 and over
  • ASA status I-II
  • Scheduled for ambulatory Arthroscopic ACL Surgery

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Allergy to Local anesthetics or opiates used in the study
  • Contraindications for regional anesthesia
  • coagulopathy, anticoagulation, Thrombocytopenia
  • infection at site of injection
  • Chronic pain and high preoperative opiate requirements
  • High risk for PONV
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01447277

Contact: Pedram Aleshi, MD 415-514-3757

United States, California
UCSF Orthopedic Institute Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States
Contact: Pedram Aleshi, MD    415-514-6080   
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Francisco
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, San Francisco Identifier: NCT01447277     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11-06776
Study First Received: September 30, 2011
Last Updated: May 16, 2013

Keywords provided by University of California, San Francisco:
ACL reconstruction
Femoral Block
Sciatic Block processed this record on September 21, 2017