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2021 May 28

Minerva Surg

Intraperitoneal local anaesthesia for post-operative pain management in patients undergoing laparoscopic colorectal surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis.


Intraperitoneal instillation of local anaesthetic agents has been reported as an effective adjunct to pain management and early functional recovery in colorectal surgery. Laparoscopic colorectal resection (LCR) is considered as the gold standard approach to resect benign and malignant lesions of the colon and rectum due to the advantages of reduced pain score, quicker recovery, and shorter hospitalization. The objective of this study is to systematically analyze the published RCTs evaluating the effectiveness of intraperitoneal local anesthetic (IPLA) instillation versus standard analgesia in patients undergoing LCR.