Ultrasound Guided Popliteal Nerve Block For Various Ankle & Foot Surgeries

Indian Journal of Applied Basic Medical Sciences
Year: 2021, Volume: 23(B), Issue. (2)
First page: (39) Last page: (57)
Online ISSN: 2249-7935
Print ISSN: 0975-8917
doi: 10.48165/ijabms.2021.233704 

Ultrasound Guided Popliteal Nerve Block For Various  Ankle & Foot Surgeries
Dr. Dipti Anandani1Dr. Manisha Kapdi2,Dr. Bhakti Rajani3
1(Assistant professor of Anaesthesia, NHLM Medical college,  Ahmedabad, Gujarat) 
2(presently Associate professor of Anaesthesia, AMCMET Medical  college, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Ex-Associate professor of Anaesthesia NHLM Medical college  Ahmedabad Gujarat.)
3(Ex Resident of Anaesthesia, NHLM Medical college, Ahmedabad,  Gujarat) 
Corresponding Author: Bhakti Rajani, Email: bhaktiprajani@gmail.com 

Online Published on 25-August-2021

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Background: Ankle& foot surgeries are very common surgeries in various age groups like  young & geriatric as well as in patients with comorbidities. Popliteal nerve block is one of  multimodal Anaesthesia & analgesia for same. we have used ultrasound guided block to  prevent complications &precise volume at a site for improving Characteristics of block. Aims of study: To study the technique of giving popliteal nerve blocks with ultrasonographic guidance and  evaluate it in terms of: No of attempts, Time required for sensory and motor blockade, Quality of Intra operative  analgesia, Duration for post-operative analgesia, Supplementation required in form of sedo  analgesia/general anaesthesia & Complications encountered. Methods: We performed ultrasonography guided popliteal nerve block in 60 adult patients of  ASA grade I/II/III undergoing foot and ankle surgeries. The volume of drug used was 20ml consisting of Lignocaine (1.5%) 10ml and Bupivacaine (0.5%) 10ml; Results: The mean time taken to conduct the block was 4.3±1.4 mins. The mean time taken for sensory  onset was 3.8±1.1 mins. The mean time taken for motor onset was 7.0± 1.4 mins. The mean  time taken for completing the surgery was 39.2±5.0 mins. The mean time taken for complete  motor regression was 143.8±13.5 mins. The mean time taken for complete sensory  regression was 184.8± 16.8 mins. The patients first complained of pain at the mean time of  239±22.4 mins. The patients have stable haemodynamic parameters: pulse rate, SBP, DBP throughout the  operation. Failure of block was seen in 4 patients where supplementation in the form of  Injection Midazolam 1mg IV and Injection Fentanyl 50microgm IV was given in 2 patients  and general anaesthesia was given in 2 patients. No other neurological complications were  noticed in our study. Conclusion: ultrasound guided Popliteal nerve block is safe& effective block for various ankle &foot surgeries.


Ankle & Foot surgeries, popliteal nerve block, Ultrasound guidance