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Current Issue - November 2015, Volume 9, Issue No. 3

Official Journal of Malaysian Orthopaedic Association and ASEAN Orthopaedic Association

Combined Lumbar-Sacral Plexus Block in High Surgical Risk Geriatric Patients undergoing Early Hip Fracture Surgery


Objective: To evaluate the postoperative outcome after using combined lumbar and sacral plexus block (CLSB), as a sole anesthetic method in hip fracture (HF) surgery in high-risk geriatric patients.

Materials and Methods: A single-center retrospective study was conducted, between 2010 and 2012, on 70 elderly HF patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists grading III-IV who underwent early surgical intervention with our CLSB protocol. Perioperative data, outcome, and complications were recorded.

Results: Forty-eight patients (69%) had ongoing anticoagulant medication. Postoperatively, all patients were hemodynamically stable and awake. None of them required general anesthesia conversion. Minor anesthetic-related complications were found in nine patients. One patient (1%) died from sepsis due to pneumonia. Patients’ satisfactions were all rated as very good or excellent.

Conclusion: CLSB is an interesting anesthetic option in HF surgery, especially in high surgical risk geriatric patients. This method offers an excellent clinical efficiency and high patients’ satisfaction without serious complications.

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