The role of intercostal nerve preservation in pain control after thoracotomy.

@article{Koop2013TheRO,
  title={The role of intercostal nerve preservation in pain control after thoracotomy.},
  author={Olga Koop and Andreas Gries and Stefan Eckert and Susanne Ellermeier and Beatrix Hoksch and Detlev Branscheid and Morris Beshay},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2013},
  volume={43 4},
  pages={808-12}
}
OBJECTIVES Pain control after thoracotomy is an important issue that affects the outcome in thoracic surgery. Intercostal nerve preservation (ICNP) has increased interest in the outcomes of conventional thoracotomy. The current study critically evaluates the role of preservation of the intercostal nerve in early and late pain control and its benefit in patients undergoing thoracotomy. METHODS Data obtained prospectively between January 2006 and December 2010 by a study colleague at our… CONTINUE READING