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Early Mobilization After Total Knee Arthroplasty

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: May 23, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 23, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Andreas Harsten, Region Skane
Patients undergoing elective total knee arthroplasty are randomized to either intrathecal anesthesia, wound infiltration with local anesthetics and standardized postoperative care (NA = neuraxial anesthesia) or general anesthesia, intraoperative glucocorticoids with accelerated postoperative care principles (GA). The study hypothesis is that GA would reduce length-of-hospital stay. Outcome variables are postoperative nausea and vomiting, mobilization rate, pain, requirement of analgesics, and length-of-hospital stay.

Condition Intervention
Osteoarthritis Drug: General Anesthesia Drug: Neuraxial anesthesia

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Study of Whether General or Regional Anesthesia for Patients Undergoing Elective Total Knee Arthroplasty Could Effect Length of Hospital Stay

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Andreas Harsten, Region Skane:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Length of hospital stay [ Time Frame: participants will be followed for the duration of hospital stay, an expected average of 3 days"). ]
    Length of hospital stay is defined as teh time from end of surgery until the patient is ready to be discharged

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Post operative pain [ Time Frame: measured the first 48 hrs after surgery ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: treatment
Receives General Anesthesia as described above
Drug: General Anesthesia
General Anesthesia as described above
Other Names:
  • Propofol
  • Remifentanil
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Patients receives neuraxial anesthesia as described above
Drug: Neuraxial anesthesia
Neuraxial anesthesia as described above
Other Name: Bupivacaine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with osteoarthritis scheduled for TKA at the department of orthopedic surgery, Hässleholm Hospital, Sweden, are eligible for participation in the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • body mass index (BMI) > 35 m/kg2,
  • prior major knee surgery to the ipsilateral knee,
  • ongoing infection, known immunological deficiency or ASA physical status category > IV.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01604382

Lund University, Hässleholm Hospital
Hässleholm, Skane, Sweden, 381 25
Sponsors and Collaborators
Region Skane
Study Director: Mads Werner, M.D. PhD Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Andreas Harsten, Head of dept Anesthesiol, M.D., Region Skane
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01604382     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HLM-2012-CPH
First Submitted: May 20, 2012
First Posted: May 23, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 23, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012

Keywords provided by Andreas Harsten, Region Skane:
Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Analgesics, Opioid
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General