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The optimal analgesic block for total knee arthroplasty
  1. Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen, MD, PhD*,
  2. Bernhard Moriggl, MD, PhD,
  3. Vincent Chan, MD and
  4. Jens Børglum, MD, PhD§
  1. *Department of Anesthesia, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
  2. Division of Clinical and Functional Anatomy, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
  3. Department of Anesthesia, Toronto, Western Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. §Department of Anesthesia, Zealand University Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  1. Address correspondence to: Thomas Fichtner Bendtsen, MD, PhD, Department of Anesthesiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Noerrebrogade 44, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark (e-mail: tfb{at}


Abstract Peripheral nerve block for total knee arthroplasty is ideally motor sparing while providing effective postoperative analgesia. To achieve these goals, one must understand surgical dissection techniques, distribution of nociceptive generators, sensory innervation of the knee, and nerve topography in the thigh.

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  • The authors declare no conflict of interest.

    Supported by the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation.