Is regional anesthesia a safe technique for patients with severe ankylosing spondylitis undergoing total hip replacement surgery?

Elif Copuroglu, Gonul Sagiroglu
2018 International Surgery Journal  
Authors report two cases of regional anesthesia management whom were scheduled for total hip replacement surgery due to ankylosing spondylitis.Methods: Mouth opening, and cervical spine movements were limited. Cervical ostheophytes have been recognized to cause distortion of the airway and can lead to unexpected difficulties during intubation.Results: In present first case report we described continuous spinal anesthesia for a patient with severe ankylosing spondylitis. We achieved successful
more » ... hieved successful anesthesia using epidural catheter by insertion of spinal area. Awake epidural anesthesia management was described in second case of the study.Conclusions: Authors suggest that regional anesthesia can be safely and effectively used as an alternative to general anesthesia in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
doi:10.18203/2349-2902.isj20183214 fatcat:lpvesy7tbnbf3epjtu24jqscni