Efficacy of Periarticular Injection With a Long-Acting Local Analgesic in Joint Arthroplasty.

American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)

PubMedID: 26447426

Barrington JW. Efficacy of Periarticular Injection With a Long-Acting Local Analgesic in Joint Arthroplasty. Am J Orthop. 2015;44(10 Suppl):S13-6.
Attention to patient satisfaction is critical in today's health care environment-satisfaction surveys inform the development of hospital performance standards and can influence an institution's rankings and reimbursement. The effectiveness of postoperative pain management can affect clinical outcomes and also influence the patient's perception of the overall surgical experience. Ample clinical- trial data now exist that demonstrate the benefits of periarticular injections as part of a multimodal regimen in patients undergoing joint arthroplasty. One option that surgeons now use widely is bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension (EXPAREL®, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc), a long-acting local analgesic that the orthopedic surgeon can administer intraoperatively. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved liposomal bupivacaine for injection into the surgical site to produce postsurgical analgesia. The safety and efficacy of liposomal bupivacaine has been demonstrated in clinical studies in multiple types of surgical procedure, including double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trials that involved over 1300 patients. In a case-control study comparing clinical and economic parameters before and after the introduction of liposomal bupivacaine as a component of the multimodal perioperative pain regimen for total joint arthroplasty, liposomal bupivacaine provided improved overall pain scores, an increase in patients reporting a pain score of 0, increased patient satisfaction, decreased length of stay, and a decrease in overall costs.