REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 335-340

Impact of regional analgesia techniques on the long-term clinical outcomes following thoracic surgery


1 Department of Anesthesiology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Alaa M Khidr
Department of Anesthesiology, King Fahd Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, P.O. 40289 Al Khobar 31952, Al Khobar
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sja.sja_1178_20

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Continuous monitoring of clinical outcomes after thoracotomy is very important to improve medical services and to reduce complications. The use of regional analgesia techniques for thoracotomy offers several advantages in the perioperative period including effective pain control, reduced opioid consumption and associated side effects, enhanced recovery, and improved patient satisfaction. Postthoracotomy complications, such as chronic postthoracotomy pain syndrome, postthoracotomy ipsilateral shoulder pain, pulmonary complications, recurrence, and unplanned admission to the intensive care unit are frequent and may be associated with poor outcomes and mortality. The role of regional techniques to reduce the incidence of these complications is questionable. This narrative review aims to investigate the impact of regional analgesia on the long-term clinical outcomes after thoracotomy.


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