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Hypotensive Epidural Anesthesia Well Tolerated in Total Hip Patients

Anesthesiology News—September 15, 2017

Anesthesiology News featured a study done by HSS anesthesiologist Sean Garvin, MD about the use of hypotensive epidural anesthesia in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty. The article reported that the technique could lower intraoperative blood loss without compromising patient safety.

"None of our patients had evidence of new cognitive dysfunction at discharge. For healthy patients, it’s definitely worthwhile to consider this technique, but more data—particularly in higher-risk patients—would be useful," said Dr. Garvin.

"Estimated blood loss is definitely something that we consider with our patients when we do hypotensive epidural anesthesia, but we’re not losing a lot of blood," Dr. Garvin added.

This article originally appeared on anesthesiologynews.com.


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