Postoperative analgesia in video-assisted thoracoscopy: the role of intercostal blockade.

@article{Taylor2004PostoperativeAI,
  title={Postoperative analgesia in video-assisted thoracoscopy: the role of intercostal blockade.},
  author={Ruth D.T. Taylor and Simon Massey and Karen Stuart-Smith},
  journal={Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia},
  year={2004},
  volume={18 3},
  pages={317-21}
}
OBJECTIVES This study examined (1) the opioid and nonopioid requirement of patients undergoing video-assisted thoracoscopy (VATS) as a measure of postoperative pain and (2) whether percutaneous intercostal blockade might reduce morphine requirements and improve analgesia in VATS procedures. DESIGN A combined retrospective and prospective study. SETTING A university teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS Patients undergoing VATS procedures. INTERVENTIONS A retrospective analysis of 26… CONTINUE READING
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