Prolonged Epidural Infusion Improves Functional Outcomes Following Knee Arthroscopy in Patients with Arthrofibrosis after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Evaluation

J Knee SurgDOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1394163A total of 20 consecutive patients with knee stiffness post total knee arthroplasty (TKA) underwent arthroscopic lysis of adhesions and manipulation plus indwelling epidural were evaluated retrospectively. Epidural catheters were placed preoperatively for an intended 6 weeks of postoperative analgesia to facilitate intensive physical therapy. The mean loss of knee extension immediately before incision was 13.5 ± 9.1 degrees (range, 0–35 degrees) and flexion was 77.65 ± 19.2 degrees (range, 45–125 degrees). At the 6-week and final (mean, 0.47 years) follow-up, the loss of extension was 1.5 ± 5.1 degrees (range, −10 to +7 degrees) and 5.4 ± 4.7 degrees (range, 0–15 degrees), respectively, and flexion was 99.7 ± 12.3 degrees (range, 75–120 degrees) and 98.5 ± 16.1 degrees (range, 75–130 degrees), respectively. Of the 20 patients, 2 missed their 6-week clinic visit. Improvements in motion immediately preoperative to 6-week and final follow-up were each significant (p 
Source: Journal of Knee Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research

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Source: Techniques in Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Special Technical Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine - Category: Sports Medicine Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Injuries Osteoarthritis Pain Management Surgery Source Type: blogs
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Source: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci Source Type: research
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Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: J Orthop Sports Phys Ther Source Type: research
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Source: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
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Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research
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Source: JAMA - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: The Orthopedic Clinics of North America - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Orthop Clin North Am Source Type: research
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