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1 Anesthesia for orthopaedic replacement surgeries
Prof.Dr.K.BALAKRISHNAN, Chennai.

2 Introduction Some of the common joint replacement surgeries are
1. Hip replacement 2. Knee replacement 3. Shoulder replacement 4. Elbow replacement



5 Total knee replacement (TKR) and hip fracture coming for replacement are the two most common surgical procedures after the sixth decade of life.

6 Most of the patients have degenerative joint disease, commonly osteoarthritis (OA).

7 Other conditions requiring knee or hip replacement are injury to the neck of femur or knee joint, knee deformity, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

8 Joint replacement is performed to relieve pain and morbidity.

9 The challenge…. Decreased organ function and reserve
Co-morbid conditions Consequences of polypharmacy


11 Challenges have been converted into good outcomes…
Better understanding on pathophysiology of aging Better pharmacotherapy Safer anaesthetic techniques Improvements in monitoring Multimodal analgesia and site specific analgesia Physiotherapy and early ambulation

12 Pain is the first enemy to mankind….
And anaesthesiologists are mankind’s guardian angels.

13 The straw that breaks the camel’s back may be a very small one when the camel is nearing the end of it’s journey !

14 Pre-operative concerns
Associated injuries Cause for the fall Difficulty in assessing cardio respiratory reserve Osteoarthritis- Medications-NSAIDs

15 Pre-operative concerns….
Pre-renal azotaemia DVT prophylaxis Diabetes Mellitus The emotional significance of fracture to the geriatric patient must also be considered.

16 Preoperative Preparation
Evaluation of the functional cardiovascular reserves may be difficult due to the bedridden state, the confusion encountered, and the fracture. Simple steps (e.g., auscultation, ECG, and chest x-ray) can detect acute decompensation.

17 Echocardio­graphy if feasible at the bedside and can give useful information about left ventricular and valvular function. Evaluation of electrolytes and blood count is required; anemia or electrolyte disturbances should be addressed prior to anesthesia induction.

18 Prophylaxis against DVT
Prophylaxis against deep vein thrombosis after lowerlimb joint surgery is done with low molecular weight heparin starting either post operatively or 12 hours preoperatively .

19 Intra-operative concerns
Regional General anesthesia

20 The choice of anaesthesia is determined by:
i) surgical factors ii) Patients factors iii) Estimates of risk associated with anaesthesia techniques

21 Regional Anesthesia -Advantages
Stress response to surgery Intraoperative blood loss Post-operative hypoxia PONV DVT- early mobilization

22 Regional Anesthesia -Advantages
Preemptive analgesia Post-operative analgesia Hypostatic pneumonia Pressure sores

23 Centri Neuraxis Block - Concerns
Coagulopathy Conscious sedation Shivering Technical difficulty Autonomic dysfunction -Hypotension I.V. fluids, vasopressors, Diastolic pressure 60 mm Hg

24 Regional anesthesia techniques
- Spinal - Epidural anesthesia - Combined spinal epidural anaesthesia - Femoral and Sciatic nerve blocks (especially in patients with fixed cardiac output in whom a neuraxial block is not preferred due to possible haemodynamic changes specifically profound hypotension).

25 The alternative option in fixed cardiac output states include segmental epidural, here the titrated doses of local anaesthetic administration and just blocking the segments involved offers the benefits of regional anaesthesia in critically ill patients and at the same time provides stable haemodynamics.

26 General anesthesia -Pre-operative beta blockade
CAD Hypertension Diabetes mellitus Hypercholesterolemia Renal dysfunction Goal: Heart rate between

27 General anesthesia -Pre-Oxygenation
8 deep breaths Oxygen flow 10 L per min

28 General anesthesia -Choice of Anesthetic agent
Short acting and less lipid soluble drugs Propofol Fentanyl Rocuronium Atracurium Sevoflurane Isoflurane

29 Intra-operative monitoring
Pulse Oximetry 5 lead ECG-ST analysis Capnography NIBP- IBP Temperature Neuromuscular monitoring Urine output

30 Blood Transfusion Progressive reaming of femur and resection of the condyles is associated with steady blood loss

31 Bone Cement- Hypotension
The placement of the prosthesis involve the use of methylmethacrylate ( bone cement )

32 The cementing can cause hemodynamic fluctuations
These fluctuations are related to the vasodilatory and mast-cell degranulating properties of the monomeric form of methylmethacrylate

33 Bone Cement implantation syndrome
Bone cement implantation syndrome (BCIS) is poorly understood. It is an important cause of intraoperative mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing cemented hip arthroplasty and may also be seen in the postoperative period in a milder form causing hypoxia and confusion.

34 Bone Cement implantation syndrome - Treatment
BCIS may be reversible with prompt basic life support and treatment to maintain both coronary perfusion pressure and right heart function. Administer fluid volumes to augment right ventricular preload. Direct acting vasopressors, such as phenylephrine and norepinephrine can be titrated to restore adequate aortic perfusion To improve ventricular contractility and function administer inotropes such as dobutamine.

35 Fat embolism The high incidence of fat embolism with femoral neck fracture repair and cemented endoprosthesis may contribute to pulmonary dysfunction

36 Tourniquet in knee replacement
Tourniquet inflation: may precipitate heart failure may cause hypotension after release of tourniquet due to: Release of acid products Affected limb getting filled with blood Blood loss

37 Post-operative care Immediate postoperative care should be directed to supporting oxygenation, controlling pain, and facilitating the patient's return to the baseline mental status by emphasizing orientation.

38 Post-operative concerns

39 Postoperative pain therapy is best a multimodal approach.
- local anaesthetic infusions through perineural catheters supplemented with analgesics including a combination of paracetamol, tramadol, NSAID(when there is no contraindication) and opioids.

40 PRINCIPLES No.1: Start with low dose Avoid long acting drugs
No.2: Use standing dose regimens No.3: Repeated reassessment of pain relief No.4: Repeated reassessment of side effects No.5: Educate/inspire the care giver

41 Post-operative concerns
Post operative delirium Post operative hypoxemia Hyponatremia Hypoglycemia

42 Early Mobilisation Psychological support Peri-operative Sepsis Peri- operative Antibiotics

43 Conclusion Geriatric patients for joint replacement surgeries offer a great challenge to the anaesthesiologists. A careful preoperative examination, preoperative optimization, safe intraoperative anaesthetic techniques, good postoperative pain relief, good postoperative followup with rehabilitation would aid in decreasing the morbidity in these patients.


45 Thank you

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