Transversus abdominis plane block after laparoscopic colonic resection in cancer patients: A randomised clinical trial

Henrik Torup*, Egon G. Hansen, Mikkel Bøgeskov, Jacob Rosenberg, Anja U. Mitchell, Pernille L. Petersen, Ole Mathiesen, Jørgen B. Dahl, Ann M. Møller

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BACKGROUND: A key point in pathways for optimal rehabilitation and enhanced recovery is an effective postoperative multimodal pain treatment regimen. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the analgesic effects of transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block in conjunction with paracetamol and ibuprofen in patients undergoing laparoscopic colonic resection. DESIGN: Randomised placebo-controlled double-blind study. SETTING: Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 2010 to February 2013. PATIENTS: Eighty adult patients scheduled for elective laparoscopic colectomy. INTERVENTIONS: Bilateral TAP block with 20 ml of either ropivacaine or isotonic saline. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Visual analogue scale (VAS) pain scores (0 to 100 mm) while coughing at 6 h after surgery (primary outcome). Secondary outcomes were area under the curve pain scores (2 to 24 h) at rest and while coughing, 24-h morphine consumption and incidence of nausea and vomiting. RESULTS: VAS pain scores at 6 h while coughing was not different between groups (median, interquartile range), TAP, 27 (11 to 45) mm vs. placebo, 33 (20 to 49) mm (P=0.20). Total 24-h morphine consumption was reduced in the TAP block group vs. placebo group, 30 (15 to 41) mg vs. 43 (30 to 67) mg, respectively (P=0.008). This difference was most pronounced in the first postoperative hours. The remaining outcomes did not differ between groups. CONCLUSION: TAP block used in combination with paracetamol and ibuprofen did not reduce pain after laparoscopic colonic surgery. However, we found a 30% reduction in opioid use, most marked in the early postoperative period.

Sider (fra-til)725-730
Antal sider6
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Anaesthesiology
Udgave nummer10
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2016


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