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2022 Jan 28

Curr Pain Headache Rep

Chest Wall Nerve Blocks for Cardiothoracic, Breast Surgery, and Rib-Related Pain.


Sharma R, Louie A, Thai CP, Dizdarevic A
Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2022 Jan 28.
PMID: 35089532.


Perioperative analgesia in patients undergoing chest wall procedures such as cardiothoracic and breast surgeries or analgesia for rib fracture trauma can be challenging due to several factors: the procedures are more invasive, the chest wall innervation is complex, and the patient population may have multiple comorbidities increasing their susceptibility to the well-defined pain and opioid-related side effects. These procedures also carry a higher risk of persistent pain after surgery and chronic opioid use making the analgesia goals even more important.