This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition total hip arthroplasty
Treatments l2 paravertebral catheter nerve block, continuous lumbar plexus nerve block
Sponsor University of Pittsburgh
Start date June 2009
End date October 2010
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT01571492, PRO09010511


This prospective study is intended to compare the analgesic efficacy, preservation of lower extremity motor power and side-effect profile of L2 Paravertebral lumbar plexus approach compared to Posterior nerve stimulation guided lumbar plexus approach, continuous local anesthetic infusion postoperative analgesia of Total Hip Arthroplasty.

The L2 Paravertebral technique of lumbar plexus block, as part of a multimodal pain treatment, could be a cost-effective alternative with a equal profile of analgesic efficacy and motor power sparing with greater promotion of early achievement of postoperative physical therapy goals.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking double blind (subject, outcomes assessor)
Primary purpose treatment
L2 paravertebral peripheral nerve block catheter will be placed.
l2 paravertebral catheter nerve block
A continuous L2 paravertebral catheter will be placed according to UPMC standard of care practices.
(Active Comparator)
Continuous unilateral lumbar plexus peripheral nerve block catheter will be placed.
continuous lumbar plexus nerve block
A continuous unilateral lumbar plexus catheter will be placed according to UPMC standard of care practices.

Primary Outcomes

Postoperative Opiate consumption
time frame: 24 postoperatively

Secondary Outcomes

NRS Pain Score (at rest)
time frame: 24 and 48 hours postoperatively
NRS Pain Score during physical therapy
time frame: 24 and 48 hours postoperatively
TUG (Timed Up and Go)
time frame: 24 hours postoperatively
Straight Leg Raise(SLR)
time frame: 24 hours postoperatively
Long arc quad (LAQ)
time frame: 24 hours postoperatively

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 75 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Age between 18-75 years - No contraindications to placement of a lumbar plexus posterior block or paravertebral block. - ASA status I-III - Scheduled for open total hip arthroplasty with the same surgeon. - Patients without painful conditions or chronic use of opioid or antineuropathic medications. - Patient who are not expected to receive therapeutic anticoagulation in the postoperative period. - No Known allergies to the medications used in the study. - Patients willing to receive spinal anesthesia Exclusion Criteria: - Age under 18 years or older than 75 years. - Any contraindication to a placement of continuous lumbar plexus Block. - American Society of Anesthesiologist physical status IV or greater. - Chronic painful conditions. - Preoperative opioid tolerant use. - Coagulation Abnormalities or patients who are expected to be on therapeutic anticoagulants postoperatively. - Allergy to any of the drugs/agents used study protocol. - Personal or family history of malignant hyperthermia. - Serum creatinine greater than 1.4 mg/dl. - Pregnancy - Having an altered mental status (not oriented to place, person, or time) - Any comorbid condition that, in the judgment of the consulting orthopedic surgeon, or intraoperative anesthesiologist, would proscribe the patient from any aspect of the study. - Patient refusal. - Lumbar plexus block performed with loss of resistance technique - Patient requiring postoperative management in the ICU

Additional Information

Official title Continuous L2 Paravertebral Block Versus Continuous Lumbar Plexus Block for Postoperative Analgesia After Total Hip Arthroplasty
Description The nerve stimulator guided technique of continuous lumbar plexus block (LPB) is the accepted standard of care at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for the management of postoperative analgesia after Total Hip Arthroplasty. Over 900 continuous lumbar plexus blocks were performed at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside hospital within the last year alone. Continuous thoracic paravertebral block (TPVB) is also commonly performed at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside . Over 2000 are performed annually for a wide variety of surgical procedures. Recently authors have suggested that a lumbar paravertebral block (LPVB) may represent an alternative approach to the lumbar plexus. Indeed the L2 paravertebral approach of the lumbar plexus has been described to provide adequate postoperative analgesia following hip arthroscopic surgery. However, to date, there is no prospective direct comparison between L2 Lumbar plexus approach and the posterior approach for postoperative analgesia after Total Hip Arthroplasty.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2012.
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