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ISRN Anesthesiology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 742927, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/742927
Review Article

Local Anaesthetic Infiltration in Joint Replacement Surgery: What Is Its Role in Enhanced Recovery?

1The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK
2Centre of Postgraduate Medicine, Research & Education, The School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth BH1 3LT, UK

Received 4 October 2011; Accepted 20 October 2011

Academic Editors: C.-R. Lin and M. Şentürk

Copyright © 2011 Ian Starks et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The last 10 years has seen the increased use of enhanced recovery pathways across several surgical specialities. A prerequisite of enhanced recovery is the ability to mobilise patients early. This is dependent upon good postoperative pain control. A number of different techniques have been employed in joint replacement surgery to address this issue. This paper focuses upon the current evidence for local infiltration anaesthesia.