Numbing Region May Be Way To Go In Hip Surgery

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 11:34am
Nancy Walsh

Regional anesthesia may be safer than general anesthesia for older adults having surgery for hip fracture, a retrospective study suggested.

Compared with general anesthesia, the use of regional anesthesia was associated with a 29 percent lower risk of in-hospital mortality (OR 0.71, 95 percent CI 54 to 93, P=0.01), according to Mark D. Neuman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues.

Patients having regional anesthesia also had a 24% decrease in pulmonary complications (OR 0.75, 95 percent CI 0.64 to 0.89, P<0.0001), the researchers reported in the July issue of Anesthesiology.

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