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2019 May

Medicine (Baltimore)



The effects of ultrasound-guided serratus plane block, in combination with general anesthesia, on intraoperative opioid consumption, emergence time, and hemodynamic stability during video-assisted thoracoscopic lobectomy: A randomized prospective study.


Thoracotomy is one of the most painful surgeries; therefore, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) was developed to reduce the surgical stress of thoracotomy. Although VATS results in reduced postoperative pain compared with thoracotomy, it is still painful. Serratus plane block (SPB) is a novel technique that provides lateral chest wall analgesia by blocking the lateral branch of the intercostal nerve.