Active Acupuncture Group for Acupuncture

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
Acupuncture+2 More
Auricular Trauma Protocol (ATP) Acupuncture - Device
All Sexes
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Study Summary

At this time, no formal ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) protocol exists for THR that incorporates perioperative acupuncture. Developing, and more importantly, validating a preliminary fast-track protocol for THR can have a significant impact on reducing recovery time and improving the rate at which this subgroup of surgeries is done on an outpatient basis. Furthermore, previous studies of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy for postoperative analgesia have primarily investigated patient satisfaction rather than the impact on postoperative opioid consumption. The majority of studies also place acupuncture needles preoperatively, rather than following induction of anesthesia (intra-operatively). This study hopes to show that placing auricular therapy needles intraoperatively is a feasible part of a protocol for motivated patients to minimize opioids after total knee arthroplasty. The prospect of incorporating intraoperative acupuncture as an adjunct into said protocol is very attractive given its low cost, its safety profile, its ease of administration, and the growing evidence supporting its efficacy. This study would provide further clarity on whether perioperative acupuncture can effectively reduce hospital length of stay and post-operative opioid consumption, in addition to evaluating the role of perioperative acupuncture in improving recovery after THR as part of a multimodal fast-track protocol.

Eligible Conditions

  • Acupuncture
  • Opioids Use
  • Hip Fracture Surgery

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

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Study Objectives

1 Primary · 7 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Pre-operative

Day 30
Opioid Usage
Satisfaction with Protocol
Day 30
NRS Pain Scores
Day 1
Post-operative Nausea & Vomiting (PONV)
Day 14
Range of Motion
Center for Epidemiologic Studies Short Depression Scale & Anxiety Scale (CES-D)
Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS)
Day 4
Hours to Discharge

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Other trials for Acupuncture

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Active Acupuncture Group
1 of 2
Placebo No Acupuncture Group
1 of 2
Active Control
Non-Treatment Group

484 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Active Acupuncture Group · Has Placebo Group · N/A

Placebo No Acupuncture Group
PlaceboComparator Group · 1 Intervention: No Acupuncture Group · Intervention Types: Other
Active Acupuncture Group
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Auricular Trauma Protocol (ATP) Acupuncture · Intervention Types: Device

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: pre-operative
Closest Location: Hospital for Special Surgery · New York, NY
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2000First Recorded Clinical Trial
2 TrialsResearching Acupuncture
212 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 5 Total Inclusion Criteria

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About The Reviewer

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Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.