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Patientaktivitet og indlaeggelsestid efter hoftealloplastik med balanceret smertebehandling og tidlig mobilisation.

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  • S Møiniche
  • B L Hansen
  • S E Christensen
  • J B Dahl
  • H Kehlet
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Thirteen consecutive patients were submitted to hip-replacement by Müller's method under epidural analgesia and were treated for postoperative pain with balanced analgesia by means of continuous epidural infusion of a mixture of bupivaine (0.625 mg/ml) and morphine (0.05 mg/ml) 4 ml hourly for 96 hours and supplemented by 600 mg ibuprofen every eight hour orally. The analgesic treatment was combined with intensive mobilization regime and altered postoperative care as regards early normalization of daily activities and reduced duration of hospitalization. The patients were found to be effectively relieved of pain during rest and also during mobilization and, together with suitable care and rehabilitation, this had the result that more than half of the patients were mobilized from bed for more than eight hours from the second postoperative day and that all of the patients were able to carry out ordinary everyday functions after the fourth postoperative day, with the assistance of the aids which the hip regimen required. Eleven of the patients were ready for discharge on the sixth postoperative day while two patients were not discharged until the eighth and ninth postoperative days on account of slight surgical complications. All of the patients were discharged to their homes and to outpatient rehabilitation for three weeks. Compared with the usual duration of hospitalization of approximately 13 days in corresponding patients, this pilot investigation appears to show that the analgesic regime employed was extremely effective but that traditional attitudes and routines in the postoperative care and mobilization must be revised if this is to be utilized for more rapid restitution and reduced duration of hospitalization.
Translated title of the contribution[Patients' activity and length of stay after hip arthroplasty with balanced analgesia and early mobilization]
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskr Laeger
Volume154
Issue number21
Pages (from-to)1495-1499
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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