Do we need complementary locoregional analgesia in patients undergoing minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures?

Gilbert Massard, Anne Olland, Pierre-Emmanuel Falcoz


Pain control after minimally invasive thoracic surgery is a contemporary question, which still raises passionate debates. The study published by Ghee and colleagues (1) evaluated continuous subpleural bupivacaine in a prospective randomized trial and concluded to no benefit. Eighty-six patients admitted for VATS lobectomy or wedge resection were randomly assigned either to continuous subpleural bupivacaine or to intraoperative incision site injection, associated with standard oral or intravenous painkillers as per request.

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