Recovery of gastrointestinal function with thoracic epidural vs. systemic analgesia following gastrointestinal surgery.

@article{Shi2014RecoveryOG,
  title={Recovery of gastrointestinal function with thoracic epidural vs. systemic analgesia following gastrointestinal surgery.},
  author={W-Z Shi and Y-L Miao and Mohammad Yawar Yakoob and J-B Cao and Hong Zhang and Y Jiang and L Xu and W-D Mi},
  journal={Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica},
  year={2014},
  volume={58 8},
  pages={923-32}
}
The objective of this review was to systematically assess the effect of thoracic epidural analgesia (TEA) vs. systemic analgesia (SA) on the recovery of gastrointestinal (GI) function in patients following GI surgery. We performed a comprehensive literature search to identify randomized controlled trials of adult patients undergoing GI surgery, comparing the effect of two postoperative analgesia regimens. Patients postoperatively receiving local anesthesia-based TEA with or without opioids were… CONTINUE READING