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2021 Jan 19

J Clin Med



Intercostal Catheters for Postoperative Pain Management in VATS Reduce Opioid Consumption.


Ponholzer F, Ng C, Maier H, Dejaco H, Schlager A, Lucciarini P, Öfner D, Augustin F
J Clin Med. 2021 Jan 19; 10(2).
PMID: 33478098.


Postoperative pain after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) affects patients' recovery, postoperative complications, and length of stay (LOS). Despite its relevance, there are no guidelines on optimal perioperative pain management. This study aims to analyse the effects of an additional intercostal catheter (ICC) in comparison to a single shot intraoperative intercostal nerve block (SSINB).