IRB Number: 29133
(inactive trial)

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

January 14, 2010

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Principal Investigator

Mary F. Chisholm, MD


Gregory Liguori, MD
Daniel B. Maalouf, MD
Jacques T. YaDeau, MD, PhD
Robert G. Marx, MD
Victor M. Zayas, MD
Michael A. Gordon, MD
Dorothy Marcello


We propose a randomized controlled study where 80  patients undergoing patella tendon autografts will be randomized to receive either a  subsartorial saphenous nerve block (treatment) or a femoral nerve block (control) in order to compare postoperative pain management between groups.   These patients will be enrolled and randomized to control vs. treatment on the day of their procedure.  The patients will be followed immediately postoperatively.  At discharge, the patient will be given a NRS diary. On postoperative days 1 and 2, we call the patient at a pre-determined time to assess their satisfaction with their pain medication, as well as to verify when block resolution occurs.  The NRS diaries, indicating pain scores and amount of pain medication needed, will be collected from the patients at their first follow-up appointment two weeks postoperatively, thus marking the end of the follow-up period.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

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Contact Information

Dorothy Marcello