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Efficacy of an Epidural Versus a Fascia Iliaca Compartment Catheter After Hip Surgery

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 April 2013 by Boston Children’s Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier:
First received: April 16, 2013
Last updated: April 17, 2013
Last verified: April 2013

The investigators are investigating two ways of treating pain after hip surgery. One way is though a thin tube (called a catheter), and it is placed into the back so that pain-numbing drugs can reach the nerves near the backbone. This is called an "epidural" catheter. Another way is to place the catheter close to the hip, where the surgery is done, so that the pain-numbing drugs can reach some of the nerves more locally. This is called a "fascia iliaca compartment" catheter.

The investigators do not know which way is best to treat pain, or has fewer side effects, or allows a patient to leave hospital faster. Usually, patients would receive only one type of catheter for pain relief. To do this comparison, the investigators would place both catheter types, so that patients help us tell which one works better.

Condition Intervention
Postoperative Pain Procedure: Epidural catheter is used postoperatively Procedure: Fascia iliaca compartment catheter is used postoperatively

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Trial of Epidural Analgesia Versus a Surgically-placed Fascia Iliaca Compartment Catheter for Postoperative Pain After Periacetabular Osteotomy

Further study details as provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of days until all pre-defined readiness-to-discharge criteria for hip surgery are met [ Time Frame: 1-5 days ]
    1. Numerical pain rating score <4 at rest, and <6 with movement,
    2. Independence from intravenous opioids for 12 hours, and
    3. Ambulation at least 30 m, without a time limit

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Epidural
Epidural catheter is used postoperatively
Procedure: Epidural catheter is used postoperatively
Experimental: Fascia Iliaca Compartment
Fascia iliaca compartment catheter is used postoperatively
Procedure: Fascia iliaca compartment catheter is used postoperatively


Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 35 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Weight >40 kg
  • Radiographic evidence of hip dysplasia amenable to unilateral surgical treatment by periacetabular osteotomy
  • Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) pain subscale >4/20
  • Age between 15 and 35 years
  • Good or excellent preoperative joint congruency

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Hematologic or neurologic contraindications to epidural catheter placement
  • Significant renal, hepatic, or cardiac disease
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Severe asthma
  • Hypersensitivity to non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs
  • Developmental delay
  • History of substance abuse
  • Chronic opioid use
  • Chronic pain in non-hip locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01835106

Contact: Gloria Boye 1-617-355-6211

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Children's Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Gloria Boye    617-355-6211      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston Children’s Hospital
Principal Investigator: Luke Y Wang, MD Boston Children’s Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Boston Children’s Hospital Identifier: NCT01835106     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 3650
Study First Received: April 16, 2013
Last Updated: April 17, 2013

Keywords provided by Boston Children’s Hospital:
Postoperative Care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
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