Perioperative Pain Management for Total Knee Arthroplasty


Pain management following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) can be challenging. Inadequate pain management following TKA may inhibit rehabilitation, increase morbidity and mortality, decrease patient satisfaction, and lead to chronic persistent postsurgical pain. Traditionally the mainstay of postoperative pain management was opioids; however, the current recommendations to pain management emphasize a multimodal approach and minimizing opioids whenever possible. With careful planning and a multimodal analgesic approach instituted perioperatively, appropriate pain management following TKA can be achieved. Utilizing an extensive review of the literature, this article discusses the analgesic techniques available for the perioperative management of TKA. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 23(1):22–36, 2014)

Key words: perioperative pain management, TKA

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Jaime L. Baratta, MD; Kishor Gandhi, MD, MPH; and Eugene R. Viscusi, MD