Extrapleural Catheters: An Effective Alternative for Treating Postoperative Pain for Thoracic Surgical Patients

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Abstract

Pain control is an important aspect of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) procedures. Offering an effective and low-risk method of postoperative pain control is thus vital to a patient's recovery. Hotta and colleagues report the results of a clinical study comparing efficacy of epidurals vs extrapleural catheters in VATS procedures. They found that extrapleural catheters provided equivalent postoperative pain relief when compared to thoracic epidural catheters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 31 2012

Keywords

  • Epidural
  • Extrapleural catheter
  • Pain
  • Paravertebral
  • VATS

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