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2021 Mar-Apr 01

J Craniofac Surg



Analgesic Efficacy of Intraoperative Nerve Blocks for Primary Palatoplasty.


Oberhofer H M, Breslin N, Heindel H, Ching J
J Craniofac Surg. 2021 Mar-Apr 01; 32(2):594-596.
PMID: 33704988.


Cleft palate is a common craniofacial malformation, requiring surgical repair in late infancy or early toddlerhood. Postoperative use of opioids is common to mitigate pain following palatoplasty. To decrease opioid consumption, improve postoperative pain, and decrease complications associated with general anesthetics, intraoperative regional nerve blocks have been employed for multimodal pain relief. While the literature supports intraoperative nerve block use for postprocedural comfort in children undergoing palatoplasty, the topic has not been systematically summarized.