Erector spinae plane block for postoperative analgesia after total laparoscopic hysterectomy: case series and review of the literature

L. Frassanito, B. A. Zanfini, S. Catarci, C. Sonnino, P. P. Giuri, G. Draisci

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) is associated with significant postoperative pain that worsens outcomes and prolongs hospital stay. Ultrasound guided erector spinae plane block (ESPB) is a new technique for thoracic analgesia. Few cases have been described for postoperative analgesia in laparoscopy. We describe the use of preoperatory bilateral ESPB at level T10 to provide postoperative analgesia following THL. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 10 ASA 1-2 patients scheduled for TLH. After written informed consent we performed bilateral ESPB at T10 level in sitting position, with a linear probe and in plane cranio-caudal approach and ropivacaine 0.5% 20 for each side. The sensitive block was tested by pinprick. Standard general anesthesia was administered. Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) with morphine 1 mg/ml was delivered. We measured postoperative pain by visual analogue scale (VAS). RESULTS: Five patients (50%) underwent simple TLH, 5 women (50%) had TLH plus salpingo-oophorectomy. VAS scores was <4 in all cases but one, and PCA morphine consumption was 4.1 ± 3.5 mg (mean ± SD). Pinprick was positive bilaterally in 3 patients (30%). CONCLUSIONS: ESPB was an effective and safe procedure for postoperative pain control after TLH. Future research should compare ESPB to other techniques to assess its role on perioperative management of THL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3892-3897
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Volume24
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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