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Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an established procedure for knee osteoarthritis. Multimodal analgesia is reportedly more effective for postoperative analgesia. We investigated the efficacy of 2 patches after TKA. Seventy-nine knees that underwent unilateral TKA for osteoarthritis were included. Oral administration, local periarticular analgesic injection, and patches were adopted for pain management. The knees were randomly assigned to the flurbiprofen patch (FPP), S-flurbiprofen patch (SFPP), and control (no patch) groups. Patch treatment was continued for 14 days. Pain according to the visual analog scale, knee flexion angle, renal dysfunction, gastrointestinal injury, duration of hospitalization, dermatitis, and the rate of using additional oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were compared (from preoperative to postoperative day 14). The FPP, SFPP, and control groups included 29, 27, and 23 knees, respectively. Visual analog scale was lower in the FPP and SFPP groups than in the control group on days 1 and 3 (day 1: 24.4, 25.0, and 39.4, respectively; day 3: 25.5, 23.3, and 39.3, respectively). Knee flexion angle was larger in the SFPP group than in the control group on days 7 and 14 (day 7: 89.8° and 76.6°, respectively; day 14: 98.3° and 84.2°, respectively). Neither renal dysfunction nor gastrointestinal injury was confirmed. The duration of hospitalization did not differ among the groups. Dermatitis occurred only in the SFPP group. The rate of using additional oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs was higher in the control group. Both patches were effective and safe as part of multimodal analgesia for postoperative TKA. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Masaki Tsuji, Naomi Kobayashi, Yohei Yukizawa, Takayuki Oishi, Shu Takagawa, Yutaka Inaba. Effect of Flurbiprofen and S-Flurbiprofen Patches on Multimodal Pain Management After Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. The Journal of arthroplasty. 2020 Aug;35(8):2033-2038

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