Anesthesia for orthopaedicreplacement surgeries Prof.Dr.K.BALAKRISHNAN, Chennai.
Introduction Some of the common joint replacement surgeries are 1. Hip replacement 2. Knee replacement 3. Shoulder replacement 4. Elbow replacement
Total knee replacement (TKR) and hip fracture coming for replacement are the two most common surgical procedures after the sixth decade of life.
Most of the patients have degenerative joint disease, commonly osteoarthritis (OA).
Other conditions requiring knee or hip replacement are injury to the neck of femur or knee joint, knee deformity, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Joint replacement is performed to relieve pain and morbidity.
The challenge…. Decreased organ function and reserve Co-morbid conditions Consequences of polypharmacy
Challenges have beenconverted into goodoutcomes… Better understanding on pathophysiology of aging Better pharmacotherapy Safer anaesthetic techniques Improvements in monitoring Multimodal analgesia and site specific analgesia Physiotherapy and early ambulation
Pain is the first enemy tomankind…. And anaesthesiologists are mankind’s guardian angels.
The straw that breaks the camel’s back may bea very small one when the camel is nearing the end of it’s journey !
Pre-operative concerns Associated injuries Cause for the fall Difficulty in assessing cardio respiratory reserve Osteoarthritis- Medications-NSAIDs
Pre-operative concerns…. Pre-renal azotaemia DVT prophylaxis Diabetes Mellitus The emotional significance of fracture to the geriatric patient must also be considered.
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.
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.
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 .
Intra-operative concernsRegional General anesthesia
The choice of anaesthesia is determined by:i) surgical factorsii) Patients factorsiii) Estimates of risk associated with anaesthesia techniques
Regional Anesthesia-Advantages Stress response to surgery Intraoperative blood loss Post-operative hypoxia PONV DVT- early mobilization
Regional anesthesiatechniques - 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).
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.
Blood Transfusion Progressive reaming of femur and resection of the condyles is associated with steady blood loss
Bone Cement-Hypotension The placement of the prosthesis involve the use of methylmethacrylate ( bone cement )
The cementing can cause hemodynamic fluctuations These fluctuations are related to the vasodilatory and mast-cell degranulating properties of the monomeric form of methylmethacrylate
Bone Cementimplantation 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.
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.
Fat embolism The high incidence of fat embolism with femoral neck fracture repair and cemented endoprosthesis may contribute to pulmonary dysfunction
Tourniquet in kneereplacementTourniquet inflation:i) may precipitate heart failureii) may cause hypotension after release of tourniquetdue to:a) Release of acid productsb) Affected limb getting filled with bloodc) Blood loss
Post-operative care Immediate postoperative care should be directed to supporting oxygenation, controlling pain, and facilitating the patients return to the baseline mental status by emphasizing orientation.
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.
PRINCIPLESNo.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
Post-operative concerns • Post operative delirium • Post operative hypoxemia • Hyponatremia • Hypoglycemia
Early MobilisationPsychological supportPeri-operative SepsisPeri- operative Antibiotics
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.