Editor-in-Chief Ufuk Demirkılıç Frequency Quarterly Abbreviation Turk J Vasc Surg Publisher Turkish National Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society E-ISSN 2667-5080

Turkish Journal of Vascular Surgery 2022 , Vol 31 , Issue 1
Femoral nerve block versus spinal anesthesia in the treatment of saphenous vein ablation
Mustafa Kaçmaz1, Faruk Serhatlıoğlu2
1Department of Anestesiology and Reanimation, Ömer Halisdemir University Faculty of Medicine, Niğde, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ömer Halisdemir University Faculty of Medicine, Niğde, Turkey
DOI : 10.9739/tjvs.2021.1062 Objectives: This study aims to compare the effects of spinal anesthesia and femoral nerve block and to determine the optimal anesthesia method for embolization of vena saphena magna.

Patients and methods: Between December 2019 and March 2021, a total of 160 patients (89 males, 71 females; mean age: 44.4 years; range, 18 to 69 years) who were diagnosed with varicose veins and hospitalized for surgery in our cardiovascular surgery clinic were included. The patients were divided into two groups. The first group (Group S, n=80) underwent spinal anesthesia and the second group (Group F, n=80) underwent femoral nerve block for the surgical operation.

Results: The mean arterial pressures (MAPs) were significantly lower in Group S compared to Group F. The mean time until surgery was earlier in Group S (4.57±1.0 min vs. 9.9±3.4 min, respectively; p<0.01). The mean duration of motor block was longer in Group S (3.4±1.1 h vs. 2.7±0.8 h, respectively; p<0.05). The mean duration of mobilization was statistically significantly shorter in Group F (6.1±1.7 h vs. 5.2±1.4, respectively; p<0.05). The development of urinary retention was statistically significantly higher in Group S (p<0.05). The mean patient satisfaction score after discharge was higher in Group F (3.5±0.5 vs. 2.9±0.8, respectively; p<0.05). The incidence of postoperative shivering was statistically significantly higher in Group S (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Femoral nerve block, which is used for intraoperative anesthesia during the procedure of endovenous laser ablation, can be preferred as an alternative method to spinal anesthesia. Keywords : Ablation, femoral block, patient, spinal anesthesia, varicose vein

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