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Fascia iliaca block for postoperative analgesia in a hip fracture patient

Onur Baran, Ayhan Sahin, Bunyamin Kir, Irem Ates.

The incidents of hip fractures rise as the population gets older. Weakness of bones cause fractures easily due to falling, which can occur by balance deficiency, side effects of medications and maneuvering difficulties through environmental hazards. Patients with hip fractures are cared by clinicians in different specialties who should be familiar with the management of these injuries. The fascia iliaca compartment block, an easy to perform and low-cost procedure, provides efficient perioperative analgesia for patients who suffer from hip or femur fractures. Increased success rates are due to the facilitation of the block via ultrasound which is easily accessible in many operation theaters and emergency services. Anterior thigh and knee surgery as well as analgesia following hip and knee procedures are the basic indications for this block. In this case, we performed an ultrasound guided fascia iliaca compartment block for postoperative analgesia after a hip fracture surgery.

Key words: Fascia iliaca compartment block, ultrasound guidance, hip fracture

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