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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 325012, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Supplemental Interscalene Blockade to General Anesthesia for Shoulder Arthroscopy: Effects on Fast Track Capability, Analgesic Quality, and Lung Function

1Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Marburg, 35033 Marburg, Germany
2Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Clinique Bénigne Joly, 21240 Talant, France
3Department of Anesthesiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55131 Mainz, Germany

Received 22 January 2015; Revised 11 April 2015; Accepted 20 April 2015

Academic Editor: Christina Pabelick

Copyright © 2015 Martin Zoremba 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.


Background. After shoulder surgery performed in patients with interscalene nerve block (without general anesthesia), fast track capability and postoperative pain management in the PACU are improved compared with general anesthesia alone. However, it is not known if these evidence-based benefits still exist when the interscalene block is combined with general anesthesia. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed a prospective cohort data set of 159 patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy with general anesthesia alone () or combined with an interscalene nerve block catheter () for fast track capability time. Moreover, comparisons were made for VAS scores, analgesic consumption in the PACU, pain management, and lung function measurements. Results. The groups did not differ in mean time to fast track capability (22 versus 22 min). Opioid consumption in PACU was significantly less in the interscalene group, who had significantly better VAS scores during PACU stay. Patients receiving interscalene blockade had a significantly impaired lung function postoperatively, although this did not affect postoperative recovery and had no impact on PACU times. Conclusion. The addition of interscalene block to general anesthesia for shoulder arthroscopy did not enhance fast track capability. Pain management and VAS scores were improved in the interscalene nerve block group.