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2020 Aug

J Pediatr Surg



Postoperative pain control modalities for pectus excavatum repair: A prospective observational study of cryoablation compared to results of a randomized trial of epidural vs patient-controlled analgesia.


Dekonenko C, Dorman RM, Duran Y, Juang D, Aguayo P, Fraser JD, Oyetunji TA, Snyder CL, Holcomb GW, Millspaugh DL, St Peter SD
J Pediatr Surg. 2020 Aug; 55(8):1444-1447.
PMID: 31699436.


Pain following bar placement for pectus excavatum is the dominant factor post-operatively and determines length of stay (LOS). We recently adopted intercostal cryoablation as our preferred method of pain control following minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair. We compared the outcomes of cryoablation to results of a recently concluded trial of epidural (EPI) and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) protocols.