Halah AlshabraqiKing Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, KSA
Title: Regional anesthesia for high-risk patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty: a case report
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a standard procedure for patients with end-stage osteoarthritis. Patients' comorbidities undergoing TKA range from no chronic illnesses to multiple comorbidities that might make it difficult to proceed with the desired procedure due to the high-risk profile limiting the options for different modalities of anesthesia to be utilized. This is a case of an eighty-year-old male known to have multiple comorbidities, complaining of bilateral knee pain on the left side. Upon undergoing clearance for TKA, he was found to be a high-risk patient, where general and neuraxial anesthesia was contraindicated. Regional anesthesia was utilized as the sole modality of anesthesia and went successfully. In conclusion, regional anesthesia can be considered an option when facing patients with contraindications to other anesthesia modalities.
Halah Alshabraqi is a 5th year medical student in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She is willing to seize any opportunity to increase her knowledge and skills. Moreover, she aspires to be a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon/research scientist.