Peripheral Nerve Blocks for Lower Extremity Amputations
“Peripheral Nerve Blocks for Major Lower Extremity Amputations”
This study will be a double-blinded randomized controlled trial analyzing all patients who will undergo major lower extremity amputations by the vascular surgery service at UCSF Fresno between July 2017 and June 2018 to determine if regional nerve blocks (sciatic and femoral) have any effect on postoperative pain control, narcotic requirements, and length of stay compared with standard post-operative narcotic regimens.
Drug - Bupivacaine
Patients randomized to the treatment group will receive regional nerve blocks (sciatic and femoral) with bupivacaine at the dose of 1 mg/kg.
Drug - Saline Solution
Patients randomized to the control group will receive two needle sticks (in the sciatic and femoral distributions) with normal saline to maintain the double-blinded investigation.
Peripheral Nerve Blocks for Major Lower Extremity Amputations