Pre-emptive analgesia is an antinociceptive treatment that prevents altered central excitability from high intensity noxious stimuli. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of pre-emptive analgesia in patients due to have elective breast reduction that usually requires drugs for postoperative pain control. Sixty women, ASA grades I-II, were randomly divided into two groups: 30 patients were given ropivacaine infiltration 1.5 mg/ml plus adrenaline 1/200 000 in normal saline 100 ml before the skin incision, and 30 had normal saline 100 ml plus adrenaline 1/200 000 infiltrated. Postoperative pain was evaluated by an observer who was unaware of the treatment given, and scored on a visual analogue score (VAS) during the first 72 hours postoperatively. Analgesic requirements were recorded. There was a statistically significant difference between groups in the amount of additional pain control required during the early postoperative period, which suggests that pre-emptive analgesia reduces pain after reduction mammaplasty.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Postoperative pain
- Pre-emptive analgesia
- Reduction mammaplasty
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