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Auricular Acupuncture for Pain Relief After Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy

This study has been completed.
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University Medicine Greifswald Identifier:
First received: October 5, 2005
Last updated: February 25, 2011
Last verified: February 2011

October 5, 2005
February 25, 2011
August 2003
July 2004   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Postoperative ibuprofen requirement after the surgery
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00233857 on Archive Site
Pain intensity assessed by patients on VAS-100 ; total piritramide requirement in anesthesia recovery room; incidence of analgesia-related side effects
Same as current
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Auricular Acupuncture for Pain Relief After Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy
Auricular Acupuncture Versus Placebo (Sham Acupuncture) for Postoperative Pain Relief After Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy - a Randomized Controlled Trial
The aim was to investigate whether auricular acupuncture is superior to sham acupuncture in relief of acute postoperative pain and in reduction of analgesics consumption on demand and their side effects in patients after ambulatory knee arthroscopy
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Phase 2
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Postoperative Pain
Procedure: Auricular acupuncture
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August 2004
July 2004   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with an American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status of I to II scheduled for ambulatory knee arthroscopy under general anesthesia.
  2. Surgery time does not exceed 60 minutes.
  3. Patients without previous opioid and/or psychiatric medication.
  4. Patients ranged 16-65 years old.
  5. Patients able to use Visual Analogue Scale-100 for pain intensity measurement.
  6. Patients who have given informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Pregnant or nursing females.
  2. Recidivist alcoholics and/or patients with history of psychiatric disease.
  3. Local or systemic infection.
  4. Age < 16 and > 65 years.
  5. Surgery time more than 60 minutes.
  6. Inability to use Visual Analogue Scale-100.
  7. Patients consumed opioid medication before surgery.
  8. Patients with prosthetic or damaged cardiac valves (s. Potential risks)
  9. Patients who are unable to understand the consent form.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
16 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
III UV 23/03
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University Medicine Greifswald
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Principal Investigator: Taras I. Usichenko, Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Department, Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany
University Medicine Greifswald
February 2011

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